GOP pollster Frank Luntz says the vote indicates that Donald Trump is taking a political hit at the public hearings run by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 capital riots.
“Donald Trump is actually paying the price for what these hearings are showing. New day Thursday program.
The first hearing of the House Panel on June 9 drew over 20 million viewers, including the Supreme Court nominations hearing by Brett Kavanagh and Christine Blasi Ford, the highest number of viewers of any Trump-era political inquiry. This nearly doubled the audience for the first three games of the NBA Finals, which were broadcast at the same time.
According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, voters say they are not watching much of the follow-up hearings, while 6 out of 10 say they are following the committee’s work very closely or a little too closely.
While the proceedings continue to hold the attention of Americans, Luntz said the committee members “missed such a wonderful opportunity” with the first one. Polster said lawmakers intended to make their arguments at a time when the public had to show direct video evidence of their findings.
“Yes, 20 million people tuned in on the first night, but what they saw was a lot of politicians and not an impressive, incredible video that accurately shows what happened in the Capitol,” Luntz said.
“In the end, the American people respond to the scenes — not just verbal, not dialogue — and those scenes prove to them that something really awful happened on January 6,” he said.
Lundz said that by definition, the immersion of observers suggests that committee members are trying more to earn political points than to defend the nation’s democratic system.
On Thursday, Lundz said the biggest impact the hearings have had on Republican voters is that his support for Trump is shifting to other potential presidential hopes in 2024, ahead of former President Ronald DeSantis in this week’s election as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Describing DeSantis as “more than a threat” to Trump, Luntz said the governor has proven to voters that “what they are trying to achieve and what they have accomplished in Florida is more significant” than Trump’s efforts to cancel the 2020 election.
“Make no mistake: Donald Trump is the most popular political figure in the Republican Party,” Polster said. “But now there’s a certain challenger. And Trump can shout and scream … but he has less and less impact every month.”
He said, “Republicans are now saying it’s time to move on.”