By Kyle Drennan
On Saturday, NBC’s Today show actually devoted an entire report to how voters in key swing states were suffering from “impeachment fatigue.” The segment highlighted “concerned” Democrats fearing the attempted removal of President Trump from office was “overshadowing” the 2020 campaign, while Republicans were found to be more energized heading into the election.
Traveling from one county to another in Michigan, Iowa, and Ohio over past few months, correspondent Dasha Burns witnessed voters becoming increasingly worn out and uninterested in the latest impeachment developments.
“But as the hearings carried on, concerns set in even for Democratic voters,” she observed. One Democrat in Michigan told her: “I think it’s going to impact the Democratic primary more than it’s going to end up ever removing Trump from office.”
Talking to another Democratic voter in Dubuque County, Iowa, Burns wondered: “Are you concerned that all the attention surrounding the impeachment inquiry is overshadowing other issues?” The unidentified man replied: “I think that that’s what people are unfortunately paying attention to, is they think that the entire Congress is paralyzed.”
She asked of another liberal voter: “Do you think that this process is changing anyone’s mind?” He confessed: “No, I don’t think so.”
In contrast, the reporter noted: “For Republicans, impeachment has made them dig in more.” One Republican in Iowa proclaimed he was “becoming more and more of a supporter of Donald Trump, and I think a lot of people in this area are the same way.” A woman announced: “Well, the Trump supporters that I talk to are definitely more leaning towards Trump than they even ever were in 2016.”
“By the time I made it to Ashtabula County, Ohio during the House vote, fatigue had set in,” Burns explained. A woman there expressed her frustration with impeachment: “It’s a big waste of time and it was unnecessary. It’s the very epitome of what frustrates people about Washington.”
Burns concluded: “And people here want Washington to bring solutions, not more problems.”
Following the taped piece, co-host Peter Alexander questioned: “Is this sort of impeachment fatigue real right now? How’s it affecting folks at home?” Burns responded:
Yeah, I think the fatigue is real and there’s two elements here. There’s the time piece of it, this has been going on for a while. But then there’s also the circumstances in these different counties. So take a place like Ashtabula, Ohio, where they’ve seen a lot of job loss, they’ve been hit pretty hard by the opioid crisis, and so health care and mental health are really big priorities. So voters there are really focused on these day to day issues that are affecting them and they want their leaders to focus on those as well.
Fellow co-host Kristen Welker followed up: “Overall, though, how do you think impeachment actually impacts the election in November, when we get there?” Burns discounted the notion: “Yeah, I mean, look, I don’t think impeachment is going to be really the thing that moves the needle for most people. Most voters I’ve talked to, this hasn’t really changed their minds.”
The report was solid journalism, Burns simply talked to voters from both sides of aisle and revealed what she found – even though it went against the liberal media narrative of impeachment spelling political doom for Trump and Republicans. If only the segment wasn’t relegated to Saturday’s Today show and actually put on the air during the week, folded into all the impeachment special coverage.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.