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Poll: Less than half of Americans think Trump should be convicted by Senate

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Less than half of Americans are sold on the post-presidency impeachment of Donald Trump, a new poll finds. The poll from AP-NORC found that less than half of Americans aren’t convinced the Senate should convict former President Donald Trump — while a majority hold him partly responsible for the Jan. 6 events at the Capitol.

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“Fewer Americans, 47%, believe the Senate should vote to convict Trump after his impeachment trial, which begins next week. Another 40% say he should not be convicted, and 12% aren’t sure.” the poll finds.

Moreover, the graph shows level of guilt people feel Trump holds for the riot, the more likely they are to favor conviction.

A majority of Americans say Trump holds at least some level of guilt.

“Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that Trump bears at least a moderate amount of responsibility for the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including half who say he bears a great deal or quite a bit,” AP finds. “Just over a third say he bears little to no responsibility.”

The poll also asked Republicans about their views on the legitimacy of the election, finding the majority say it was unfair.

65% of Republicans say Biden was not legitimately elected while 33% of Republicans say he was.

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“Overall, 66% of Americans say Biden was legitimately elected president, but 65% of Republicans say he was not,” the poll said.

As the Senate pursues charges against Donald Trump for inciting violence on Jan. 6, perhaps vulnerable senators should keep the unpopularity of the idea in mind.

To read the full findings of the poll, click here.

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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