Swing voters in Wisconsin, Arizona focus groups say Trump should be prosecuted for ‘coup’

Swing voters in Wisconsin, Arizona focus groups say Trump should be prosecuted for ‘coup’

July 18, 2022 0 By Ellen Novack

Campaign Action

One woman in the focus group, Samantha O., 39, said: “He’s our president, and a president should have never done anything to provoke what happened. Many people were injured. Look at how many lives you put at stake because you were allowing this to happen. And he was happy about it.”

Another man, Andrew R., 59, called Jan. 6 a “coup,” adding, “We have to show other people that this just can’t be done in the future. [Prosecution] is going to be the price to pay if you try to do a coup again.”

Most of those in the group agreed that without prosecution, a message could be sent to the American people that anyone can attempt to overthrow the government, adding that the entire event felt like something that could only happen in “third-world countries.”

The truly illuminating thing to come out of the focus group was that according to Axios, all but two people in the focus groups said they didn’t want Trump or Biden to run again in 2024.

But as Axios points out, focus groups aren’t polls, so these folks are just a small sampling and only give us a window into the thoughts of a tiny group of average swing voters.

However, it does seem to jibe with national polling. According to a New York Times/Siena College poll, 64% of Republican voters under 35 years old and 65% of Republicans with a college degree said they’d vote against Trump.

The New York Times reports that 1 in 5 respondents said they were sick of his whining about losing the election, saying he “went so far that he threatened American democracy.”

That said, cultists gonna be cultists, and 49% of those Republicans polled overall said they would support Trump in a third nomination.

At this point, Trump’s run for the 2024 presidency seems a fait accompli, and he’s planning to announce his candidacy prior to the midterm election despite all of the pushback from his party begging him not to do so.

A Republican strategist told The Washington Post, “Of all the selfish things he does every minute of every day, it would probably be the most … Everything we are doing that is not talking about the economy is going to be a disaster.”