Special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia for two years, and for two years, President Donald Trump and his surrogates have been calling the probe a “witch hunt” and a "hoax" — despite numerous indictments, convictions and guilty pleas.
But the propaganda appears to be working: USA Today reported on Monday that recent polling shows half of Americans agree with the president.
A new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll revealed that 50 percent of Americans believe that Trump is the victim of a witch hunt and that the investigations into the president are politically motivated.
Forty-seven percent hold the opposite view, and 3 percent have no opinion, USA Today reported.
But those numbers shift predictably along partisan lines: only 14 percent of Democrats perceive the Russia investigation as a witch hunt, compared with 86 percent of Republicans.
Independents are more evenly divided, with 54 percent saying Trump is the victim of a witch hunt and 42 percent saying he is not.
But even though half of Americans apparently have bought into Trump’s narrative, 52 percent still say they have little or no trust in the president’s denials that his campaign colluded with Moscow in 2016.
And those denials are plenty: Trump has repeatedly tweeted and said during interviews and press conferences that neither he nor his campaign worked with Russia to win the election that swept him into the White House.
He has also worked hard to discredit those running the investigation — “Mueller and the angry Democrats” in particular — and cast any investigation into his campaign or personal life as politically motivated.
Most recently, Trump tweeted about the results of the USA TODAY/Suffolk University, writing, “Wow! A Suffolk/USA Today Poll, just out, states, ‘50% of Americans AGREE that Robert Mueller’s investigation is a Witch Hunt.’ @MSNBC Very few think it is legit! We will soon find out?”