The McConnell/Trump Power Pact.
From the very beginning it was agreed upon between McConnell and Trump that McConnell would decide how long Trump would be in the role of president and that Trump would decide how he would give up this role. So, let’s examine the positions both currently find themselves in and what decision outcomes they might be expected to make.
McConnell has one priority.
McConnell’s motivation and decision for calling an end to Trump’s presidency can be summed up along these lines. McConnell clearly understands that now that he has gotten his tax legislation passed the rest of his legislative agenda is dead in the water. With Trump’s continuing unraveling and potential immediate downfall due to the Mueller investigation McConnell must prevent the Republican party from being dragged down into the Mueller Russia scandal and suffering a massive political defeat in the midterms. McConnell has one priority, and only one priority: getting the republicans reelected.
Ousting of a president is still in the end a political process.
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McConnell knows the Democrats have utterly dominated the November 2017 off-year elections with mainstream Americans turning out in droves to punish his Republicans across the nation for its refusal to get rid of Trump. So far in every 2017 election where Democrats – were supposed to win, they’ve won big; where it was supposed to have been a toss-up, they’ve also won; where the election was supposed to go to the Republicans, the Democrats had won or come close to winning by extremely small margins. McConnell could also be losing his Senate stronghold as his Republican base are starting to lose statewide U.S. Senate races, such as in Alabama, where it has always been demographically impossible to lose in such states. This means nearly every Senate seat could be up for grabs in 2018. Clearly McConnell must take action and soon if he has any hope of stopping the political bloodletting and securing a republican landslide in the midterms. He knows that the ousting of a president is still in the end a political process. He will now have to get rid of Trump either through impeachment, or the 25th Amendment, or by publicly badgering him into resigning. This then would allow McConnell’s Republicans to go into the midterms bragging about how they virtuously ousted the criminal Trump.
Calling an end to a presidency.
Trump’s motivation and decision for calling an end to his own presidency can be summed up along these lines. Public and private controversies, scandals, prosecutions and constitutional and legal violations to numerous to list continues to drain the very lifeblood out of the presidential office and the man illegally occupying it by the day. Trump understands that the decision to leave office will soon be made for him by one or more individuals beyond his presidential control. The question he is now faced with is how will he leave – voluntarily or be forced out. Voluntarily leaves him with but two options – to resign or – to finish out his term in office. Being forced out leaves him with multiple distasteful options – be impeached – be removed for health reasons or – be removed to face a criminal indictment.
Will Trump simply ride out the storm?
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Clearly it would seem the “when” decision of Trump’s departure may now be outside of Trump’s control possibly limiting his voluntary option to complete his term in office but the “how” of his departure still remains strongly under his control. Most if not all of the options to force him out of office are complex, time consuming and fraught with many constitutional and judiciary issues and concerns. Issues which could throw the country into any number of national crises and/or chasms. Concerns which could very well allow Trump to ride out the storm and simply ride off into the sunset having served out his term. Simply forcing the country into some form of national crisis could very well allow Trump to realize the full pardon protections traditionally allowed to all past presidents for their crimes and allow him to keep all the illegal gains he stole while in office as seems to have been McConnell’s plan right from the start.
(This is Article #7 in our Corrupt Nation series reporting on the demise of a corrupt U.S. President.)
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