Pelosi Has Opened Pandora’s Box

Oct. 9, 2019
Bob Adelmann

Historians reflecting on the reelection of Donald Trump in November 2020 are likely to point to the true date of his reelection: September 24, 2019. It was on that date that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi caved, and opened Pandora's Box. In Greek mythology, Pandora opened the box and learned to her dismay that it contained all manner of sickness and death. She further learned that once opened, the box could not be closed.

Pelosi is a skilled and experienced politician, and is likely to rue the day that she caved to pressure from the left. On September 24, she announced that the House – without an official vote on the matter – would begin an "inquiry" into the impeaching of the president.

It didn't take long for Trump and his reelection campaign to seize the opportunity Pelosi had given them. Two days after Pelosi's announcement, the president, through his reelection campaign, sent out this email to 65 million addresses:

It's time to set something straight once and for all. The Democrats' constant personal attacks, vicious lies, and now these baseless impeachment attacks, have never had anything to do with me…. Their goal has always been to silence YOU. They want to steal YOUR voice and YOUR vote.

At the bottom was a button to donate to Trump's "Official Impeachment Defense Task Force" with a note that the president would get a list of everyone who made a donation.

Within 24 hours, the campaign raised $5 million, with 50,000 new donors stepping up to join with the president. When added to the $5 million the president raised from an evening fundraiser the day after Pelosi's announcement and another $3 million at a breakfast meeting the next day, his campaign raked in more than $13 million in 72 hours.

On Monday, Tim Murtaugh, Trump's campaign director, publicly thanked Pelosi for the surge in giving:

This has the president's supporters – and also independents – engaged in the campaign and supporting President Trump in ways that they were not doing before, to this level of intensity. We have Nancy Pelosi and the impeachment inquiry to thank for that.

By the time the dust had settled, the Trump campaign reported to the Federal Election Commission that not only did it raise $125 million in the third quarter, that amount was $20 million more than it raised in the second quarter. And for the year, the Trump campaign has raised $308 million – more than a third of the billion dollars expected to be needed to reelect the president. And "early money" is the most important in any election.

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This is exactly what Pelosi feared would happen once she opened Pandora's Box of impeachment. Even though her announcement didn't have the force of a full House vote, she was afraid that opening that box would not only fire up Trump's base but bring independent voters to his camp as well.

In a face-to-face matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Rasmussen Reports noted that, among likely voters, support is equally split. But Rasmussen said that there are 11 percent who are independent voters who will likely decide the November 2020 election.

And it's among independents that Trump, thanks to Pelosi, is making the greatest inroads. Prior to Pelosi's announcement, Joe Biden held an 18-point lead over the president. According to the latest IBD/TIPP poll released on Monday, Biden now holds a mere one-point lead over the president.

For Elizabeth Warren, the news is even worse. In early polling, Warren led Trump by two percent among independents. Now, according to the IBD poll, Trump is beating her outright, 49 to 43 percent.

Pelosi's box is now open and cannot be closed. For all intents and purposes the presidential election of November 2020 is all but settled.



Background on Pandora's Box Trump campaign capitalizes on impeachment threat, raising millions from supporters this week Trump is fundraising off of impeachment and has already raised millions Trump Campaign: Democrat Impeachment Fever Fueling Historic Support

The Wall Street Journal: Impeaching Trump Voters

The New York Times: Trump Campaign, RNC Raise Record $125 Million in 3rd Quarter

The New York Times: Trump Raises $13M After Pelosi Announces Impeachment Inquiry Trump Growing Support from Independent Voters Against Biden, Warren: Poll Americans Back Trump Impeachment Inquiry – And Biden Probe: IBD/TIPP Poll

RasmussenReports.comTrump vs. Clinton Is Still Neck and Neck

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