Americans are punishing President Donald Trump at the polls, and his best hope might come if Democrats try to impeach him, MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough said Tuesday.
"Donald Trump's best hope for higher poll numbers, and for re-election, is for the Democrats to try to remove him from office through impeachment," Scarborough said on his program while discussing the results of a Morning Consult/Politico poll released Monday.
According to the poll, Trump's job approval rating has dropped to 39%, tying the low numbers he posted after his reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. The poll also showed that 57% disapprove of Trump himself.
"The reason why is because he's now gathered Attorney General [WIlliam Barr], who is doing an inside job for him, who is gaming the system, who Americans know aren't playing straightforward," Scarborough said. "Donald Trump, the outsider, has become Donald Trump the government insider who has rigged the system for himself. Americans see it. They know it's a scam. They hear him lying about it. And they are punishing him at the polls."
Meanwhile, impeachment gave President Bill Clinton a "very nice departing gift," Scarborough said.
"I'm talking as far as politics go and being part of a house of representatives back in the 1990s who impeached Bill Clinton when he couldn't get prosecuted in the Senate, and it ended up we gave him a very nice departing gift and that is a 60% approval rating," he added.
"Americans are reflexively against impeachment . . . whether that's right, whether that's wrong, if your ultimate goal is removing Donald Trump from office, then impeachment politically is the worst way to go," Scarborough said.
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