NBC finds out swing state Michigan voters just don’t care about ‘political theater’ impeachment

Some Michigan voters are making it clear they are not buying into the “political theater” Democrats have been engaged in with their impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump.

The swing state voters painted a troubling picture for Democrats who seem to only be convincing their left-wing base that removing the president of the United States from office is their patriotic duty.

(Video: NBC)

NBC News’ Dante Chinni discussed the issue with voters in the battleground state of Michigan, revealing that – despite Democrats’ insistence to the contrary – the majority of Americans in both political parties are not in agreement with the push by Congress to impeach and remove Trump.

“I don’t even care about it. It’s just noise,” Dr. Michael Wittmer, a Cornerstone University professor said at the “Meet the Press” roundtable with Republicans in the swing county of Kent just as the House Judiciary Committee voted on articles of impeachment.

“Have you ever recorded a football game but found out the final score before you watched it? You just don’t even care. You know what’s going to happen,” he said. “The House will vote [to approve] articles of impeachment. The Senate will probably acquit. And so, it’s already baked in. It’s not interesting.”

Things appear to be “already a done deal,” according to Cindy Timmerman, noting that votes in the House and Senate are apparently predictable on impeachment.

“We’re not hearing people talk about it in my circle. At all,” the former chamber of commerce executive said. “Pretty much everyone knows where everyone else stands. You know, they’re just not interested or they don’t have the time to try to follow it.”

“Do you think it’s too complicated for people to follow?” Chinni asked.

“I think it’s fairly straightforward,” Peter Smit, an attorney, informed the NBC reporter. “I think a lot of people see it more as an infomercial politically and it is very different than, like, looking back on the Nixon impeachment, which was really, really grave at the time, and, by the vote, very bipartisan. And this just seems like it really is political theater.”

Michigan’s freshman Democratic congresswoman said recently that her phones have been “ringing off the hook” on the issue.

Rep. Elissa Slotkin ran as a “moderate” and previously advocated for impeaching the president but said she was “undecided” in her vote to move ahead.

Trump walked away with all of Michigan’s 16 Electoral College votes in 2016 but Democrats flipped two Republican congressional seats in last year’s midterm election as well as electing a Democratic attorney general, secretary of state and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

But the NBC roundtable on voters’ interest in impeachment sparked plenty of reaction on Twitter.


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