Tense people. This week was an exciting one, because more evidence arose to implicate Donald Trump in a conspiracy with…
Tense people. This week was an exciting one, because more evidence arose to implicate Donald Trump in a conspiracy with Russian forces to steal the 2016 election. It does not mean that this horrible chapter in American history soon ends. Things will almost certainly be harder if it can be believed, but the unclean truth of the matter is that it is still likely that Trump’s time will only end and when the electorate will expel him by 2020.
Off Similarly, however, it is important not to despair. We are looking at another two years of curious Trump’s fingers from Resolute Desk, but in this case there is now a good reason to believe that we will finally see some of his carefully watched secrets be exposed. I dare some readers to deny that after seeing Trump demolished the country for two years, it will not be at least a bit of fun when he saw him experiencing humiliation.
A summary of the past week: Professional conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi and former Trump campaign head Paul Manafort seem to have shot their tender deals by consulting the Robert Mueller Special Council. Corsi then shared media papers revealing some of the extent to which he and dirty tricks Roger Stone were willing to collaborate with a criminal hacking conspiracy against Hillary Clinton. Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen made even bigger headlines with his surprise court appearance, where he pledged to lie to Congress for Trump’s business in Russia. Cohen also said that he kept the Trump family fully aware of his efforts to meet a settlement for a Trump Tower development in Moscow, which directly violates the testimony of the Donald Trump Jr. Congress. Continue with that!
Juicy details of the business relations, including a blockbuster report claiming that Trump planned to provide a $ 50 million penthouse for Russian President Vladimir Putin, comes out. Meanwhile, the incoming Democratic Head of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff in California, signaling that he plans to launch a real investigation of Trump’s Russian relations, an investigation republican has stonewalling for more than two years.
Under the circumstances, it is understandable that stupid and stupidness can come in. Trump could not look any guilty, it seems, and he and his defenders begin to shift away from virgin debt towards more flagrantly tuming their noses in the rule of law. It is reasonable to worry that he is really “Teflon Don” and that no amount of public evidence of corruption will have any meaningful impact on the current political situation.
“In a rational era there would be earthquake. Now it’s barely a blip,” legal expert Ken White desperately wrote in a piece about Coh’s revelations for the Atlantic. “We are full of everything, but these are the types of development that, under normal circumstances, would end a presidency.”
The task of the witness is insightful and worth reading in its entirety, but I would like to address problems with this particular piece of fatalism. The public is not actually numb. “Teflon Don” is a myth.
Historically, low unemployment, modest growth and the absence of a large, highly visible foreign entanglement have been a presidential high-quality rating, “said Jamelle Bouie in slate this week. Trump has all these things, but his party still took a big deal bad in the middle and three out of five Americans suspect the job he is doing as president. It shows that these scandals hurt him ̵
1; and that people pay attention.
And all that is with the entire Republican party’s appliances, as well as a whole cable network (Fox News) who work night and day to hide the reality of Trump’s corruption from the US public. Now that Democrats take back the house and Mueller begins to use court systems to release information to the public, there’s a good reason to believe we’ll see more stories in line of “Putin Penthouse”, exposing the depth and width of Trumps corruption.
White also convinces the case when arguing that the former president would immediately end with such revelations. How it works in the movies, but in reality it takes a good time to remove public corruption and remove the guilty actors from power. It is worth remembering that it was more than two years from the Watergate burglary to Richard Nixon’s resignation in August 1974. And Nixon did not have nearly the same benefits. Trump has: There was no massive propaganda machine that supported him and his political party was not entirely dominated by people willing and willing to cover up criminal behavior.
This leads us to the bad news: Despite all the amazing developments in the past week, there is no way to get Trump out of office before voters have a chance to throw him away. The same distortions in our voting system that allowed Trump to get the White House while receiving fewer votes than Hillary Clinton has allowed the Republicans to control the Senate, even expanding its majority while Democrats suck millions more votes.
And Senate Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, have no intention of recognizing Trumps corruption or obstruction of justice, much less actually voting to judge him if the House of Representatives surrender to persecution. McConnell’s wife Elaine Chao is after all Trump’s transport secretary. More to some extent, McConnell is self-interested in seeing exactly how much power the Republicans can seize even after the voters reject them so he has every incentive to take back Trump, no matter how much of the latter is likely to be crime.
But it’s important not to confuse the fact that Trump is protected by a corrupt system, believing scandals simply do not stick to “Teflon Don”. If you think things have been crazy before, know that the pace of joking stories can be very fast. Trump will be furious and more irregular. His administration is likely to pour out even more lies and more outrageous cultural war disturbances. Things will be even more dizzy and disturbing.
But all that only increases the chances that voters will be tired of it in two years and throw out the bums. Things get very bad, maybe even worse. But after this week, the playoff looks much better.
Amanda Marcotte is a political author of Salon. Her new book, “Troll Nation: How the Law Became, Trumpet-Worshiping Monsters, Who Lived on the Rat Liberal, America and the Truth itself” is out now. She is on Twitter @AmandaMarcotte