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Poll: Two-thirds of Iowa GOP voters say Trump fit for office, even if convicted

Jan 16

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From the nation’s first round of voting in the 2024 election cycle to extreme winter weather, all eyes were on Iowa on Monday, Jan. 15, as former president Donald Trump cruised to victory in the GOP caucuses. Trump took 51% of the votes, a victory margin was not the only record on display, as extreme weather rolled through Iowa, bringing sub-zero temperatures and blizzard conditions that made it dangerous for voters.

This year, many didn’t risk it, with a record low 110,000 Iowans hitting the polls, the lowest GOP turnout since the year 2000.

Despite the weather and his legal entanglements as he faces federal criminal charges for election interference, Trump dominated the caucus, earning more than 56,000 votes. Votes from supporters that an entrance poll found don’t care whether he is guilty.

Reuters polling data showed 65% of GOP caucusgoers said he would still be fit for president even if he is convicted of a crime, while 31% said he would be unfit. Regarding Joe Biden’s presidency, the poll found 66% believe he was illegitimately elected and that the election was stolen. A lie Trump perpetuated during his victory speech on Monday.

“I don’t know if you know, but they did polls tonight on the election of 2020,” Trump said. “Do you believe it was honest or not? 82% said it was not, and we can’t have that, chairman, we can’t have that. You can’t have a situation like that.”

Trump did not have much time to celebrate his landslide victory as he was due in court on Tuesday, Jan. 16, for a defamation case brought against the former president by columnist E. Jean Carroll. As for the 2024 presidential election, all eyes now turn to New Hampshire for the first-in-the-nation primary on Jan. 23.

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FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: “MOST IMPORTANTLY WE WANT TO THANK THE GREAT PEOPLE OF IOWA. THANK YOU WE LOVE YOU ALL. WHAT A TURNOUT, WHAT A CROWD.”

[LAUREN TAYLOR]

FROM THE NATION’S FIRST ROUND OF VOTING IN THE 2024 ELECTION CYCLE TOEXTREME WINTER WEATHER – ALL EYES WERE ON IOWA ON MONDAY AS FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP CRUISED TO VICTORY IN THE G-O-P CAUCUSES.

BLOWING OUT HIS OPPONENTS WITH 51-PERCENT OF VOTES – TRUMP’S VICTORY MARGIN WAS NOT THE ONLY RECORD ON DISPLAY AS EXTREME WEATHER ROLLED THROUGH IOWA BRINGING SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES, AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS THAT MADE IT DANGEROUS FOR VOTERS.

AND THIS YEAR… MANY DIDN’T RISK IT, WITH A RECORD LOW 1-HUNDRED-AND-10-THOUSAND IOWANS HITTING THE POLLS. THE LOWEST GOP TURNOUT SINCE THE YEAR 2-THOUSAND.

DESPITE THE WEATHER, AND HIS LEGAL ENTANGLEMENTS AS HE FACES FEDERAL CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR ELECTION INTERFERENCE – TRUMP DOMINATED, HIS SUPPORTERS LARGELY NOT CARING WHETHER HE IS GUILTY 

REUTERS POLLING DATA SHOWING 65-PERCENT OF GOP CAUCUS GOERS SAY HE WOULD STILL BE FIT FOR PRESIDENT EVEN IF HE IS CONVICTED OF A CRIME – WITH 31-PERCENT SAYING HE WOULD BE UNFIT.

AND AS FAR AS JOE BIDEN’S PRESIDENCY, THE POLL FOUND 66-PERCENT BELIEVE HE WAS ILLEGITIMATELY ELECTED, AND THAT THE ELECTION WAS STOLEN.

A LIE TRUMP PERPETUATED DURING HIS VICTORY SPEECH MONDAY NIGHT.

FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: “I DON’T KNOW IF YOU KNOW, BUT THEY DID POLLS TONIGHT ON THE ELECTION OF 2020, DO YOU BELIEVE IT WAS HONEST OR NOT? 82% SAID, 82% SAID IT WAS NOT. AND WE CAN’T HAVE THAT, CHAIRMAN, WE CAN’T HAVE THAT. YOU CAN’T HAVE A SITUATION LIKE THAT.”

[LAUREN TAYLOR]

TRUMP DID NOT HAVE MUCH TIME TO CELEBRATE HIS LANDSLIDE VICTORY AS HE WAS DUE IN COURT TUESDAY AS THE DEFAMATION CASE BROUGHT AGAINST THE FORMER PRESIDENT BY COLUMNIST E. JEAN CARROL BEGINS.

AS FOR THE 20-24 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ALL EYES NOW TURN TO NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR THE FIRST-IN-THE-NATION PRIMARY ON JANUARY 23RD.

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