'75% of Americans' Trends After Poll Shows Majority of Americans Want to Hear Witnesses at Trump Impeachment Trial

The phrase "75% of Americans" began trending across the United States on Tuesday afternoon after a new nationwide poll showed an overwhelming majority of American voters in support of hearing from witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll, released earlier today, shows that a large majority—75 percent—of voters think the Senate should allow witness testimony in the ongoing impeachment trial. Respondents appeared to have answered along party lines, with 49 percent of self-identified Republicans, 95 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of independents saying there should be witnesses.

It comes as Republicans and Democrats continue their battle over whether to allow sworn testimony as the parties gear up this week to settle the dispute. Leaders of the Republican party, who have been pushing for a fast trial and acquittal, and Trump's defense attorneys came under additional pressure in recent days after revelations from John Bolton's upcoming book further highlighted the importance of witnesses.

In his memoirs, the former national security adviser reportedly claims Trump told him in August that he wanted to continue withholding $391 million in military assistance to Ukraine until its officials agreed to help investigate his Democratic rivals, including the family of former Vice President Joe Biden. If true, the account challenges assertions of no quid pro quo made by Trump's legal team.

Bolton has indicated to lawmakers that he will testify if needed, despite the president's order banning his aides from cooperating in the impeachment proceedings, which he has repeatedly dismissed as a "witch hunt" and "hoax."

Tens of thousands of Americans took to Twitter to weigh in on whether Bolton and other witnesses should be called to testify, with many users condemning Republican senators for ignoring the majority of voters who believe it would be best for the trial. Others noted the rarity of getting three quarters of voters to agree on anything.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House during an event with U.S. mayors on January 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty

As of Tuesday afternoon, "75% of Americans" rose to the fourth most-trending topic on the social media platform in the United States. At the time of publication, the topic garnered roughly 20,000 tweets.

"In a new Quinnipiac poll: 75% of Americans want witnesses including 49% of Republicans. So if @GOP Senators don't listen to the will of the people they're only hurting themselves and making the #BlueWave BIGGER in November," Twitter user @ProudResister wrote. "Call your Senators and demand witnesses. 202-224-3121."

"How can Republicans claim they care what the American people think when 75% of Americans want witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial? Even half of Republican voters want witnesses. If Trump has nothing to hide, let his own people come forward and say that under oath," CNN commentator Keith Boykin tweeted.

"Republicans will ignore 75% of Americans who want witnesses and follow Trump and McConnell off of the cliff. #JohnBoltonMustTestify," Twitter user @RosnikRoberta wrote, alongside a meme of figures cartwheeling off a cliff.

"Yes. 75% of Americans want to hear from witnesses in the Senate trial, but what the poll doesn't reveal is the number of MAGAts who ignorantly want Hunter Biden and Schiff to be grilled with "because you hate Trump" and debunked conspiracy theories," Twitter user @dccra wrote.

"75% of Americans hardly agree on anything. The fact that an overwhelming majority believe in facts, evidence, and having witnesses testify in the Senate trial is a testament to our desire for fairness and due process. Let the Republicans deny our popular will at their own peril," American surgeon Eugene Gu tweeted.

"Senate Republicans constantly say this trial is meant to steal an election and ignores the will of the people. 75% of Americans want to hear from witnesses. So, who is ignoring the will of the people again?" Comedian and director Nick Jack Pappas tweeted.

"Hard to get 75% of Americans to agree that the sky is blue. This is an overwhelming bi-partisan majority for witnesses. Americans want fairness—and know it when they don't see it,"

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