Today President Trump starts his fifth month in office. It seems like it has been years and I certainly don’t mean that in a good way! Let’s explore.
My practice is to write articles the day before publishing and sometime with even a bit more lead time to accommodate my personal schedule and lifestyle. Trump likes to characterize himself as an active President. I guess that is true if you consider a tornado active. Couple those two facts and lately I write almost every article with a sense of trepidation.
Last week was particularly active as well as destructive to America and its global image. Despite Trump’s denials Russiagate appears more real with every passing hour. If I were to attempt to completely chronicle just the events of last week this article would be way too long. So I’ll just hit some high points thereby letting Trump commit so many “sins” that many get “excused” by omission. (That is part of his plan which I call the Broad Street Bullies Theory. Long time hockey fans know what I’m talking about.)
As his and his spokespersons’ points fell into disrepute, (often by Trump’s own statements), Trump visited the Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday to deliver the commencement address. During it he declared, “No politician in history – and I say this with great surety – has been treated worse or more unfairly.” Off the top of my head I can think of seven American Presidents who have strong cases to disagree with Trump: James Madison who was a Democratic-Republican which today would be considered a Republican. (The Republican Party was not yet established at that point in our history.) Republicans Abraham Lincoln, Warren G. Harding and George W. Bush along with Democrats Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Barack Obama complete my list.
At a Thursday joint press availability with the President of Columbia Trump denied any collusion on his or his campaign’s parts with Russia. “Believe me, there’s no collusion” was his brisk reply to a reporter’s question on the topic. Mr. Trump I do not believe you and I am far from alone.
While many are openly predicting that Trump’s days in the Oval Office are numbered – a friend of my put his “over-under” at Labor Day – I would like to focus some attention on Vice President Mike Pence. That attention is unwanted; Pence is doing all he can to lay low. As time goes on and the scandal/cover up becomes more public Pence seems less innocent by the day. I know the circumstances were different and I can’t solidly predict anything but remember Spiro Agnew went before Richard Nixon.
Last week the official picture of a diplomatic working lunch was changed to one taken from a different angle so as to not show Pence in it. That’s laying low!
Wednesday former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named Special Counsel to look into Russiagate. Thursday Pence formed a Super PAC named the Great America Committee so that he could start collecting money that he can pass out to Republicans whose campaigns he wants to help. You connect those dots. The Super PAC is being run by Nick Ayers, an old Tim Pawlenty guy. Keep that tidbit in the back of your mind for future reference.
Trump would throw Pence under the bus in a heartbeat if he thought it would save his skin or be a good bargaining chip. In addition to himself (who will never go to jail) the only other persons I feel he cares about saving who could be in jeopardy are his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner. Pence was never part of the inner circle but it appears through either commission, omission or both he may well be dirty.
Trump selected Pence as a running mate to placate the GOP establishment and part of its base. The happiest people not named Pence when his selection was announced were the Indiana Republicans. Pence had so badly damaged his brand that he could not turn the 2016 Republican clown car into an 18 passenger vehicle. In fact it was extremely questionable that he would have been re-elected Indiana’s Governor in 2016. With him running as the Veep nominee the Indiana GOP got out of an uncomfortable political spot.
I do not expect Trump to serve his full term. I’m not ready to put a date on things but I’m confident that Trump will be out of office well before January 20, 2021. I made a prediction Wednesday evening that I’m sticking to: People are going to jail as a result of this inquiry. Other than Trump (despite guilt or innocence he won’t be one of them) I’m not willing to predict who; but more than one will be criminally charged and convicted before this is over.
President Trump, President Pence or President Ryan; can’t we have any good options?
Trump described this as a, “Witch hunt.” Playing off that verbiage, I believe it will snare several warlocks. Has it really only been four months?
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