Trump blasts Fox News after poll shows majority support for impeachment – Boston Herald

President Trump is lashing out at right-leaning Fox News after the network published poll results showing “record support” for his impeachment.

The phone poll of 1,003 voters showed 51% supported impeaching Trump and removing him from office — up from 42% in July — while 40% said the president should not be impeached and 4% thought he should be impeached but not removed.

Trump took to Twitter Thursday to blast the news outlet, saying, “From the day I announced I was running for President, I have NEVER had a good @FoxNews Poll. Whoever their Pollster is, they suck. But @FoxNews is also much different than it used to be in the good old days.”

He railed on several of the network’s talking heads, including anchor Shepard Smith, retired Judge Andrew Napolitano and contributor Donna Brazile, before saying Fox News “doesn’t deliver for US anymore. It is so different than it used to be. Oh well, I’m President!” and later commending the hard-right One America News Network.

The goodwill between Fox News and the commander in chief has been eroding for a while now, said Republican strategist Ryan Williams. But, Williams said, “polls are polls, facts are difficult things and despite the conservative-leaning bent of Fox News, they hire a professional pollster who simply surveys the data. There’s no bias on those polls.”

The Fox News poll was conducted by Beacon Research and Shaw & Company Research from Oct. 6-8 and has a margin of error of +/-3 percentage points.

“It’s obviously not a helpful poll for many reasons for the president. But instead of ignoring it and not giving any more attention than it already has, he’s lashing out and giving it more attention, which is not a helpful strategy,” Williams said. “Instead of consolidating his supporters to push back against impeachment, he seems to be lashing out at his friends and angering others.”

Republican strategist Mike Dennehy said Trump “needs to take a step back from consistently talking about impeachment” and let someone else take over his defense.

“It is critically important for the president himself to take a step back from impeachment and let someone else be the communicator and defender of the president,” Dennehy said. “We know it’s very difficult for him to do, but if there’s just one time in his presidency to communicate correctly, now would be it.”

The House of Representatives is pursuing an impeachment inquiry into Trump after a whistleblower report claimed he pressured Ukraine’s leader to investigate Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden and his son.

Lawmakers have now subpoenaed Energy Secretary Rick Perry, seeking documents about Perry’s knowledge of Trump’s summer phone call with the Ukrainian president, and on whether Perry pressed Ukrainian officials to change the management structure at a Ukrainian state-owned energy company.

Two South Florida businessmen, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who allegedly helped Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani investigate political opponents in Ukraine, were arrested Wednesday and charged Thursday with federal campaign finance violations.

Herald wire services contributed to this report.



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