Overwhelming number of Americans think nation has crossed over into banana republic; Rasmussen

The Democratic Party’s weaponization of the legal process has dealt a blow to the faith that Americans have in the system itself with an overwhelming majority now feeling that the country has crossed over into banana republic territory.

In a troubling snapshot of public sentiment taken after the unprecedented arrest of former President Donald J. Trump in a politically motivated prosecution brought by shady Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, an overwhelming majority of respondents agreed that the case was “banana republic sort of stuff.”

New polling by Rasmussen Reports shows that a whopping 64 percent see the felony charges against Trump in the case that centers around an alleged hush money payment to pornographic movie “actress” Stormy Daniels as the stuff of countries where dictators in mirrored sunglasses routinely throw political opponents into prison, until recently, a practice that ran counter to everything that the United States of America has stood for.

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Overall, 48 percent strongly agreed with the statement that “This is a really serious time because this is banana republic sort of stuff. Using the law as a weapon against a political opponent is so wrong,” with another 16 percent somewhat agreeing and a hardcore authoritarian segment of 20 percent strongly disagreeing that it was wrong to indict and arrest the 2024 GOP frontrunner and top challenger to  President Joe Biden.

Nearly half of Democrats also expressed the belief that the weaponizing of the law for political means was improper with 27 percent strongly agreeing with the statement and 19 percent somewhat agreeing, a small glimmer of hope that there are at least a few non-fascists left in the once-liberal party that has veered far left into Soviet-style totalitarianism.

Another question as to whether Bragg’s bringing of the felony charges against Trump is good or bad for the country, 55 percent overall responded that it was bad with 70 percent of Republicans holding that sentiment while 61 percent of Democrats believed that weaponizing the law against political adversaries is a good thing.

Additionally, 63 percent of independent voters also see the charges against Trump as not being good for America, a potential warning sign that moderates and swing voters won’t be so easily hoodwinked into believing that Biden is a moderate and a unifier the second time around.

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The poll also found that a plurality of 42 percent of respondents feel that the heavy-handed treatment of Trump makes it more likely that he will win the GOP nomination with 55 percent of Republicans believing that the ex-POTUS will be inadvertently helped by Bragg.

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“It’s gonna be interesting to see how this plays out,” said Mark Mitchell, the head pollster for Rasmussen Reports. “Will this fester and influence the chances of Democrats in the upcoming cycle, or will this quickly get swept aside like Ohio, garage gate, the laptop from hell, and the Mar-a-Lago raid?”

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“The survey of 957 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on April 4-6, 2023 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC,” the organization’s website states.

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