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Thursday, January 23, 2020
NOBODY'S Watching; They've Tuned It Out!
It’s day 3 of the Senate impeachment trial, and Americans have already tuned out.
Fewer than 12 million people watched the trial’s opening day on Tuesday, compared with about 13 million who viewed the first day of impeachment hearings back in November. That was already a low bar to cross: Day 1 of those hearings drew 32 percent lower ratings than even James Comey’s uneventful Senate testimony in 2017.
With each new hoax, more Americans catch on and simply change the channel. During November’s sham “hearings,” for example, viewership dropped quickly as Democrats’ “star witnesses” offered no actual evidence to support impeachment. In fact, most of them had never even met President Trump. They just shared their opinions.
This week, Democrats’ impeachment managers were repeating themselves by hour two of their opening statements, if not sooner. It’s no mystery why. “They don’t have much to work with. That’s their entire problem right there,” Michael Goodwin writes for the New York Post.
It turns out if you don’t conduct a real investigation, and instead just call up friendly witnesses and orchestrate selective media leaks, you don’t have much to report. The American people aren’t stupid: If all they hear is repetitive partisan bluster instead of real facts and evidence, they stop listening.
Of course, there’s another reason for the monotony. Congressional Democrats’ push for impeachment didn’t start this week, or last fall, or even last summer. It started before President Trump even took the Oath of Office, more than 3 years ago:
“‘Impeachment’ is already on the lips of pundits, newspaper editorials, constitutional scholars, and Congress,” Politico wrote on April 17, 2016.
“The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun,” The Washington Postwrote 19 MINUTES after the President was sworn in.
Democrats’ first impeachment resolution came in the summer of 2017. The next round of articles followed that November. . . and then again in December 2017, January 2018, March 2019, May 2019, and July 2019.
Weaponizing impeachment for partisan revenge is a terrible precedent for our country and future Presidents. The good news, at least, is that the American people aren’t falling for it.
WhenPresident Trump shared America’s economic comeback story at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, he also had a big announcement in store.
“Today, I’m pleased to announce the United States will join One Trillion Trees Initiative being launched here at the World Economic Forum,” the President said. “And in doing so, we will continue to show strong leadership in restoring, growing, and better managing our trees and our forests.”
America is entering an age of energy dominance under President Trump. The United States is now the largest oil and natural gas producer in the world. Our energy exports have reached record highs. It turns out prosperity and conservation go hand-in-hand: During this energy revolution, U.S. emissions of all criteria pollutants dropped between 2016 and 2018.
“I’m proud to report the United States has among the cleanest air and drinking water on Earth — and we’re going to keep it that way,” the President said. “And we just came out with a report that, at this moment, it’s the cleanest it’s been in the last 40 years.”
President Trump speaks at March for Life tomorrow!
President Trump will make history tomorrow as he becomes the first President to speak at the March for Life rally. Each year, thousands of Americans come to Washington for the march, lending their voices in support of protecting life.
“We are deeply honored to welcome President Trump to the 47th annual March for Life,” the organization’s President, Jeanne Mancini, said in a statement.
“From the appointment of pro-life judges and federal workers, to cutting taxpayer funding for abortions here and abroad, to calling for an end to late-term abortions, President Trump and his Administration have been consistent champions for life and their support for the March for Life has been unwavering.”