A majority of Americans believe the women who are standing up and speaking out about how they were targets for sexual predator Donald Trump. At the same time, Trump's Republican allies are enabling and covering up for his abuse.
Donald Trump is an admitted sexual predator, and most Americans believe that to be true.
A new poll from Politico/Morning Consult found that 50 percent of voters believe the allegations from more than a dozen women that Trump sexually assaulted or harassed them.
Less than a third don't believe the allegations.
Trump's recent protests, whining, and outright lies about his accusers are not swaying many people – most of them the Republicans in his ever decreasing base of support.
The poll echoes the findings of a recent Quinnipiac poll that showed a majority of Americans believes figures with the same track record of assault as Trump should resign from office.
Further, 70 percent of Americans in that poll also think Trump should be investigated for his alleged assaults. Democrats have pushed the Republican leadership in Congress to tackle the issue, but Republicans — as they have on so many issues — formed a protective wall around Trump and refuse to look into the topic.
After Democrats on the House Oversight Committee asked its chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), to pursue the information and take sworn testimony from Trump's victims, he shot down the request.
Gowdy was extremely willing to waste taxpayer dollars on the investigation into the attack in Benghazi when Republicans believed it could be used to hurt Hillary Clinton's candidacy, but now insists on doing whatever it takes to keep Trump in power.
In a recent hearing of the House Judiciary Committee where Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was being questioned, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) read the accounts of several of Trump's accusers into the congressional record.
"At least 16 women have come forward to say that the President of the United States felt them up, kissed them without permission, put his hands under their clothing without permission, felt them, touched their genitalia, walked into dressing rooms unannounced to see them naked and made other unwanted sexual advances that to everyone are clear violations of the law," Gutiérrez said.
Gutiérrez accented his statement, saying, "I believe the women."
So does America, even including many of the Republican voters that Trump has relied on as his dwindling base of support.
The country is aware of its "predator in chief" problem, and is prepared to remedy it sooner rather than later, whether Trump's enablers in Congress want to do their jobs or not.