As Democrats and some establishment Republicans move to impeach or alternatively call for the 25th Amendment to remove Trump, the poll finds 48% approve of the President’s job performance.
A source close to the polling firm confirms to Newsmax that the rolling survey saw Trump’s approval soar to 51% on Thursday night.
Trump’s approval has been up overall, jumping from 45% just before Christmas.
“Americans are disgusted that cities burned for months and Washington and the media did nothing,” our source says, “But they still like Trump.”
Nonetheless, Fox News contributor and former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer has vowed to no longer “defend” President Trump following Wednesday’s pro-Trump riot that overtook the Capitol.
“At this point, I won’t defend him anymore,” Fleischer, who served in the George W. Bush administration and who voted for Trump in 2020, told The Associated Press.
“I won’t defend him for stirring the pot that incited the mob,” the GOP strategist added. “He’s on his own.”
This comes after Wednesday saw a violent mob overtake the Capitol, with rioters breaking windows and doors and ransacking offices throughout the historic building.
Trump, at a rally earlier in the day, urged his supporters to march to the Capitol as Congress met to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win, with Trump repeating his unbiased allegations that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him.
Fleischer had previously vocalized support for Trump, writing in an October opinion piece for The Hill that he planned to cast his vote for the sitting president in the 2020 election, viewing the choice between Trump and Biden as “between a personally offensive outsider who signs good policies and a professionally offensive politician who will turn bad ideas into law.”
“Say what you will about Trump violating norms, he has never tried to redo the balance of power by irregular means,” Fleischer wrote at the time. “But his policies will last decades, no matter or, perhaps thanks to, his personality.”
The former press secretary’s criticism of the president this week comes as several other top Republicans have spoken out against Trump’s election claims that served as the basis for Wednesday’s riot, in which five people died amid the chaos, including a woman who was shot by a Capitol Police officer and an officer who died after sustaining injuries while responding to the riot.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday night said that if Trump does not resign, she has directed the House Rules Committee to quickly take up a motion to impeach the president as well as legislation to create a commission that can declare that he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”