The impeachment of a sitting President of the United States is a serious business, and has happened only three times in U.S. history, the impeachment of President Donald Trump being the third time.
So it is significant that the reaction of the American people to the Trump impeachment is a collective yawn.
The American people’s utter disinterest in the Trump impeachment can be seen in the fact that TV ratings for the Senate impeachment trial are way lower than the average ratings of daytime soap operas. (See DCG’s post, “Broadcast networks’ impeachment viewership falls short of soap operas”)
It is noteworthy that even journalists are disinterested in the Trump impeachment.
Journalist Chadwick Moore is the former Editor-at-Large of gay magazines Out and The Advocate, who became a conservative because of the “severe liberal backlash” against his 2016 profile of gay conservative provocateur for .
Writing for Spectator USA, Jan. 29, 2020, Moore confessed that he had to say “no” to two requests to discuss impeachment from RT International and Buck Sexton’s radio show because, as he put it, he hasn’t followed a word of it or “watched one second of it,” nor does he intend to.
Podcaster Andrew Espitallier, who c0-hosts a channel called The Right Latino, also discovered Americans’ disinterest in the impeachment.
Last Saturday across 30 blocks in Manhattan for over three hours, Espitallier asked average New Yorkers their impressions and opinions on Trump’s impeachment trial, but could not find a single person who was even remotely interested. Espitallier told Moore: “Here I am, in the middle of ultra-liberal New York City, and literally no one cares. I was shocked.”
This is only the third time in history a president has been impeached and the first time that absolutely no one cares. That’s the only interesting thing about it, how disinterested people are. Whereas most journalists run like cats with laser pointers wherever the Democratic party tells them to go, a good journalist ought to assess what is worthy of the public’s attention and everything about the Democrats’ behavior since day one of this presidency points to frivolity and insincerity. It is a historic moment any way you look at it, yet no one can be bothered to give a damn. What a wonderful ‘screw you’ to the establishment. If the media won’t starve the misbehaving, temper-tantrum throwing brats of the Democratic party of attention, then thank goodness the average American is.
Last week, each of the three networks barely managed to crack one million views for the Democrats’ opening remarks, and even that number sounds high. By comparison, daytime soap operas banked 11 million views the same week. While Slurrer of the House Nancy Pelosi was yammering on about Russia conspiracy theories (wait, I thought this was about Ukraine?) and Adam Schiff was doing whatever, many more Americans were more interested in what was happening on Days of Our Lives, where Sarah and Adrienne were in a car accident. Adrienne later died from the injuries, and after Sarah’s baby died, Xander passed off Kristen’s daughter as Sarah’s. Fans of General Hospital were irked that impeachment proceedings pre-empted the show, forcing antsy soap fan blogs to host discussions about whether or not Nina will take back Valentin.
The media is also very ticked off that Americans don’t care. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes appeared on the verge of tears that no one is paying attention. They can’t seem to wrap their minds around why all us hillbillies and rubes just don’t care. Senators were reported to be falling asleep during the proceedings last week and popping out to give media interviews….
It’s also, literally, my job to follow the news and I decided, nah, not this time. Don’t care!….
Any way you slice it, the Democrats don’t come out looking good once the history books are written, and that’s putting it mildly. The people have spoken, they’ve impeached impeachment. As the crowning achievement of the Democrats’ last four years, that ought to greatly concern them. If there’s anything that points to a Trump mega-landslide in 2020, it is how Americans have turned their back on impeachment. What’s yet to be seen is whether this spectacle was the beginning of new, dark era in American politics, where attempted coups by the opposition party become the norm, or just more free comedy from our bumbling friends on the left.