Axios morning email thingie tells us…
“President Trump’s hammering on the FBI — and green-lighting yesterday of the Russia memo’s release over Bureau objections — is having a profound effect:
“A SurveyMonkey poll for Axios finds that not even 40% of Republicans approveof America’s main federal law enforcement agency — a stunning turn for the law-and-order party.
“Why it matters: Trump, who earlier turned a huge swath of Republicans toward more favorable opinions of Russia, has now turned his party against his own FBI.
“The numbers: FBI approval in the SurveyMonkey Poll, taken over the past two days, is 64% among Democrats and just 38% among Republicans. Unfavorable opinion of the FBI: 47% in the GOP; 14% among Ds.”
“Be smart: The stark new Republican skepticism of the FBI means that Trump has succeeded in preemptively undermining the findings of special counsel Bob Mueller.
“Many Republicans will now see Mueller’s report or recommendations as a political document, and the conservative media will portray it that way.
“It’s the great muddying we have been telling you about since December.
“This is a massive swing from the initial bipartisan accolades for Mueller.”
Just as a reminder, when Mueller was named as the special counsel:
Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) May 18, 2017
This is really alarming to me and not just because it puts me in the unusual position of defending the FBI. Are we at another political party realignment like the Civil Rights era? Or is it just that the Republicans are dropping the fig leaf just like they did their dog whistles?
Anyway, the Axios link has lots of graphs and stuff, and more. Worth a peek.