- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The news media, political rivals and clever strategists are very fond of attacking President Trump all day, every day — often suggesting that his support is eroding as time passes. New numbers, however, reveal that Mr. Trump still has the hearts of many, many Republicans. So says new research from Morning Consult, which interviewed a whopping 13,974 registered GOP voters Feb. 11-17.

The researchers found that 77 percent of all Republican voters support nominating Mr. Trump for re-election, and that includes 6-out-of-10 who “strongly support” the idea. Another 13 percent would prefer someone else while 8 percent “somewhat support” an alternative choice.

Mr. Trump garners also solid support from GOPers of a certain vintage. Eight-out-of-10 Republican between above the age of 45 support his nomination. That is a very large voting bloc, and a very engaged and motivated one. And wonder of wonders, the president even has the support of 64 percent of the fickle 18-to-29-year-old set, along with 72 percent of those who are between 30 and 44 years old.

So that, in a word, is not too shabby.

HERE COMES THE FOIA

Talk about a docudrama.

Judicial Watch reports that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Justice Department seeking “all records of communication of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the Office of the Attorney General Jeff Sessions, or the Office of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussing the 25th Amendment or presidential fitness.”

The watchdog refers to these as “coup” documents, explaining that there was movement afoot to invoke the 25th Amendment.

For the uninitiated, the amendment which provides protocols “for replacing a U.S. president or vice president in the event of death, removal, resignation, or incapacitation,” this according to a handy dandy guide from Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute.

“It is no surprise that we are facing an immense cover-up of senior FBI and DOJ leadership discussions to pursue a seditious coup against President Trump, This effort to overthrow President Trump is a fundamental threat to our constitutional republic. Judicial Watch will do everything it can in the courts to expose everything possible about this lawlessness,” said Tom Fitton, president of that organization.

HERE COME THE VOTERS

What do voters think of this “coup” situation? A majority now agree that senior Justice Department and FBI officials were “likely to have acted criminally when they secretly discussed removing President Trump from office, said a new Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday.

It found that 56 percent of likely U.S. voters believe these officials have broken the law during their discussions in May 2017 to oust Mr. Trump; 36 percent say it’s unlikely, the rest are undecided. Another 51 percent say a special prosecutor should be named to investigate these discussions; 38 percent disagree, 11 percent are undecided.

What should happen next?

“Only 36 percent say no disciplinary action should be taken against the senior law enforcement officials who discussed removing the president from office; 21 percent say they should be fired, while 25 percent think they should be jailed. Twelve percent, however, are calling for a formal reprimand of these officials,” the poll analysis said.

THE DAWN OF RANCH DRESSING LADY

It is a phenomenon of contemporary politics.

On Tuesday, Democratic hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was visiting voters at an Iowa bar and mistook the intent of one local woman who was hurrying toward her. The New York Democrat expected the lady to be a fan; she was instead seeking salad dressing.

“I’m just going for the ranch,” she told the lawmaker, and scooted by.

The passerby had instant fame across social media, thanks to a 17-second video of the encounter posted to Twitter by CNN producer and eyewitness Donald Judd. That in turn prompted Joe Cunningham, a senior contributing editor to RedState.com, to immediately confabulate a survey and post that to Twitter as well.

“Who do you think should be President in 2020?” the poll asked.

The choices: President Trump, Sen. Bernard Sanders, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and The Lady Who Wants Ranch.

“And just like that, a hero was born,” Mr. Judd tweeted in the aftermath, this following a flood of coverage of the ranch-dressing moment from Elle magazine, The Daily Caller, Mediaite and The Hill — just to name a few.

MEDIA STILL IGNORES THE GOOD NEWS

On Friday, the Dow marked two consecutive months of weekly gains. Did you know this? Uh, maybe not. ABC, CBS and NBC skipped that moment.

“As the Dow marked its 8th straight week of gains on Feb. 15, all three broadcast evening news shows ignored the news. That day, the Dow rallied more than 400 points to close at 25,883.25 — recovering more than 4,000 points since the Dec. 24 low.

“The S&P 500 and Nasdaq also gained that day, bringing the Nasdaq out of bear market territory,” writes Julia A. Seymour, assistant managing editor for the Media Research Center’s Business and Media Institute.

“ABC, CBS and NBC evening news shows are often more likely to cover bad economic news than good. That has certainly been the case for the stock market,” Ms. Seymour says, noting that talk of a “nosedive” or a “market meltdown” was the repeat theme in recent coverage.

Indeed, previously analysis from the conservative press watchdog group found that between Dec. 1 and Feb. 5, bad news about the markets got over four times as much airtime as positive market news — about a half-hour of the bad news compared to seven minutes for the good stuff.

POLL DU JOUR

39 percent of Americans say they are “extremely or very concerned” about illegal immigration; 31 percent of those who live in urban areas, 41 percent of suburban residents and 43 percent of rural residents agree.

27 percent overall say they are “moderately concerned” about illegal immigration; 25 percent of urban residents, 26 percent of suburban residents and 32 percent of rural residents agree.

24 percent overall are “not very concerned”; 32 percent of urban residents, 23 percent of suburban residents and 19 percent of rural residents agree.

10 percent overall are “not concerned at all”; 12 percent of urban residents, 10 percent of suburban residents and 6 percent of rural residents agree.

Source: A University of Chicago/Associated Press/NORC poll of 1,010 U.S. adults conducted Jan.16-20 and released.

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