Polls flash warning signs for Trump on impeachment | TheHill


New public opinion surveys show signs of trouble for President Trump in the fast-evolving impeachment inquiry unfolding just 13 months out from Election Day.

Polls out this week show independents and a growing share of Republicans warming to the inquiry or expressing concern about Trump’s request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

While early shifts in support of impeachment appeared to be driven by Democrats, a Washington Post-Schar School poll released on Tuesday rocked Washington, finding that nearly 30 percent of Republicans support the impeachment investigation and nearly 20 percent support a Senate vote to remove the president if he is impeached in the House.

Since July, the poll found support for an impeachment inquiry has grown by 25 points among Democrats, 21 points among Republicans and 20 points among independents.

According to FiveThirtyEight’s average of polls, support for impeachment among Republicans has increased from 8 percent last month to 16.2 percent presently, while support among independents has leaped from 33.9 percent to 44.4 percent.

Some Democrats who were worried that impeachment would backfire are breathing a little bit easier now, confident that if they lay out the case for impeachment, public opinion will follow.

“This is becoming a serious liability for the president and for the Republicans who remain with him,” said Andrew Feldman, a Democratic strategist.

Still, there is debate among experts about the significance of the new polls, and not all Democrats are convinced that the impeachment gamble won’t come back to haunt them.

Hillary Clinton was leading in the polls on Election Day,” said one Democratic fundraiser. “I want to see this poll again when we start having people testify over the course of a few months after Republicans stay on message and use Fox News to their advantage. If by then independents are still for it, ok. But I don’t see that happening.”

Trump and his allies have only just begun running millions of dollars worth of ads attacking Democrats for launching the impeachment inquiry.

 

Source: Polls flash warning signs for Trump on impeachment | TheHill

Trump: ‘Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly’ | TheHill


President Trump on Tuesday warned about the complexity of modern aircraft after the United Kingdom became the latest country to ground Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in the wake of the latest crash involving the aircraft.

“Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly,” Trump tweeted. “Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better.”

“Split second decisions are needed, and the complexity creates danger,” he continued. “All of this for great cost yet very little gain. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!”

The United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority on Tuesday morning banned the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from its airspace after two fatal crashes involving the plane. The U.K. joined China, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Australia and Singapore.

The aircraft was involved in an Ethiopian Airlines crash over the weekend that killed all 157 people on board. It was also the type of plane that crashed in Indonesia last October.

U.S. officials are assisting in the investigation into the Ethiopian Airlines crash, and Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Tuesday called for the planes to be grounded in U.S. airspace as well.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement Monday that the planes are safe to fly.

 

Source: Trump: ‘Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly’ | TheHill