Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut was recently forced to admit that his constituents care very little about the allegations against Trump over Russian collusion in the 2016 election.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Sen. Chris Murphy expressed that after successfully completing a tour of his state, he was forced to come to the realization that his constituent’s care very less about the ongoing investigation.
Mitchell asked Murphy if his constituents discussed the issue of Russia’s involvement during his trip through his state. Murphy, an active critic of President Donald Trump, and member of the Foreign Relations Committee, expressed that his constituents did not even register the Russian interference story, and were concerned about other things. “Yeah, I spent five days walking 110 miles from the Rhode Island border to the New York border and, the answer is no,” he dejectedly admitted.
“I talked to mainly people who were apolitical,” he explained, “and they didn’t raise Afghanistan, obviously [the president’s] speech hadn’t happened. But they also didn’t talk too much about Russia.”
“People that were more politically plugged in really wanted to talk about Charlottesville,” Murphy expressed. “In general, people across the walk were just very disappointed in the tone from the president.”
“They talked about healthcare, primarily, that was loud and clear, the most important issue to them,” he stated.
“They talked about their kids’ schools, how much money they were earning in their paycheck, Murphy continued. “I think it is important to remember that people that aren’t paying attention to politics on a daily basis are still really focused on pocketbook issues and their economic lives, which haven’t gotten better,” he added.
Murphy expressed that it was “really grounding” to walk around the state. But he vowed to maintain focus on the Russia collusion story, even as his very own constituents failed to engage in discussions on the topic.
“It’s not surprising to me because this is the second year that I’ve done that walk, and I certainly do enough things in my state to understand that there is a disconnect sometimes between what we’re focusing on and what people are focusing on,” Murphy said.
“That doesn’t mean these issues of war and peace don’t necessitate our time,” Murphy added. “It doesn’t mean that we should just give away foreign policy power to a growing imperial presidency just because it’s not the first thing that people talk to us about back home.”
Back in June, Murphy also lamented about the lack of interest in the Russia collusion story. “When I am back in Connecticut, I often get on a commuter bus and ride it for just an hour to talk to folks that, frankly, don’t normally call or write my office, and I’ll just say, they are never talking about issues like Russia. They are not talking, frankly, what’s on cable news at night,” he expressed.
It seems the mainstream media is losing its hold, even over liberal bastions like Connecticut.