(POLL) US has become a ‘banana republic’

The federal indictment of former President Donald Trump is bad for the country, according to a majority of voters, who agree that it makes America look like a “banana republic.”

That’s according to Rasmussen Reports.

“Banana republic” is a derogatory term used to describe unstable nations where corrupt leaders operate to their own financial benefit rather than to the benefit of citizens.

The survey finds that 54% say they believe that the Department of Justice (DOJ) charging Trump with multiple felony counts is bad for America. Officials from the same DOJ have gotten caught framing Trump, falsely claiming he colluded with Russia, falsifying evidence to obtain a wiretap against a Trump associate, using untrue political opposition research paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, and more. The then-head of the FBI James Comey was referred for prosecution by the Inspector General after Comey got caught removing sensitive and classified documents from the FBI, taking them home to use against then-President Trump, and leaking some of them to a friend to give to the New York Times to report. The DOJ declined to prosecute Comey.

Thirty-five percent (35%) in the survey say they think Trump’s indictment is good for America.

Trump has plead not guilty to more than three dozen counts, most of which allege unlawful hoarding of national security information. Trump was negotiating with federal archive authorities at the time the FBI conducted a controversial SWAT team style raid at Trump’s Florida Mar-a-Lago home. It is the first known raid of its kind against a former president over a document question. Trump was arguing that he had a right to the documents and that he had used his presidential authority to declassify them. A court had not weighed in on the dispute between Trump and archives officials when the FBI went ahead with the raid.

In contrast, former Vice President Mike Pence admitted he took documents that he should not have taken, and unlike Trump did not claim they had been declassified. He denied having any such documents before ultimately notifying the FBI that he did have materials. However, he was not charged.

President Biden, through his attorneys, has turned over numerous caches of classified documents that he acknowledges he should not have had. Again, unlike Trump, the Biden documents had no chain of custody indicating where they had been. There is no way to know how long Biden was aware he had the materials before his attorneys told archivists. His lawyers claim the disclosures were made as soon as they were known. Biden kept a series of the disclosures secret at the time he and his attorneys began working with the FBI. The FBI did not raid any of Biden’s home, but allowed his attorneys to continue to conduct searches and turn over materials they said theey found.

After news of Trump’s indictment broke, Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said on Twitter: “This is an affront to every citizen: we cannot devolve into a banana republic where the party in power uses police force to arrest its political opponents. It’s hypocritical for the DOJ to selectively prosecute Trump but not Biden.”

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters says they agree with that statement, including 46% who say they “strongly agree.”

Thirty-four percent (34%) say they disagree with the quote from Ramaswamy, including 25% who say they “strongly disagree.”

To see survey question wording, click here.

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  1. Jeffery Wayne Tartt

    I’ve been around since JFK was President. Unfortunately, he was “overthrown” here in Texas. For decades folks like me have lived on the edge, “is our government” corrupt and dishonest or are we just imagining things? Even before Trump came down that escalator we had our answer. Your host, Sharyl Attkisson knew before we did. Banana Republic? I think we’re beyond that moniker. It’s all been one big lie and We The People now know what apparently the world has known for decades. The U.S. Government CANNOT be trusted…period!

    1. We are beyond that moniker. Not much republic left at all. The US is a corrupt oligarchy with a ruling class who is above the law–Hunter a prime example.

      1. Doral Ferrell,

        One must reach back to
        Lincoln’s administration—
        for clearer/better under-
        standing of how we got
        to here, in 2023 :

        Excerpt from one my
        reports :

        – snip –

        3 ) —Study T R U E Reason for Lincoln’s War

        – Lincoln’s War Against Self-Determination –

        Slavery had been PEACEFULLY dismantled across
        the entire West—excepting in Marxian Lincoln’s
        anti-constitutional America (( find and study, “Red
        Republicans . . .” )).

        Word-Search :

        “ History of Rothschild bank and [ America’s ] wars ”; e.g., :

        “ A Rothschild family biography mentions a London meeting where an ‘International Banking Syndicate’ decided to pit the American North against the South as part of a ‘divide and conquer’ strategy. German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck once stated, ‘The division of the United States into federations of equal force was decided long before the Civil War. These bankers were afraid that the United States…would upset their financial domination over the world. The voice of the Rothschilds prevailed.’ ”
        —paragraph is from DuckDuckGo dot com. ) :


        – snip –


  2. Interesting replies to this article ? Sounds like it’s time for a Banana Republic Windfall taxes to the George Santos and Vladimir Putin’s of the World ? Let no temptation of precious metals or debt bound mankind to the slavery of time _ Wm. Andrews Rochester, IN. Discoverer of New Relativity and New Mass Ene.rgy equivlances understanding since 1980

  3. This article and my earlier reply ? Because if you get rid of the (( Sun )), planet Earth would still be a Relative Hitchhiker to our Galaxy ! How can we apply this to the Top super pack people of the World who think there above the law and Taxes, while they believe everyone else should pay ? Think it out for that Relative Banana Republic ideas ???

  4. I see that one commentator uses the term-“Our Govt”…Who’s govt? We are a divided nation: the bankrupt U.S. Corporation and the former Constitutional Republic. The Oligarchs who own the banana plantations and own the BANK also own the representatives in the District Of Columbia(which is in fact a “principality” with its own army and police force.) If we are able to activate the constitution and rout out the traitors, we may once again embark upon the human experiment where truth-liberty-and justice for All may reign supreme. God-willing.

  5. The first sad reality is that Donald Trump was arrogant and sloppy. He has foisted much of this ( classified document fiasco) on himself and the country. The second sad reality (and ironically a silver lining) is that the duplicity and dishonesty at the highest levels of the FBI and the Justice Department have now been exposed. America is not a third world country. Freedom is not free. It is a continuous fight that will never end. We descend to the third world if we accept corruption. In street terms, don’t come to a knife fight without a knife. That’s what it takes. Every day. Ask Sharyl Attkisson.

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