Trump’s Darkest Days


October 1, 2018

Trump’s Darkest Days

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Donald Trump’s Presidency is beset by crises, with the discrediting of his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, just the latest in a long string of disasters. Now, the likelihood that the Republicans will lose control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate is growing by the day.

 

WASHINGTON, DC – This isn’t a good time to be Donald J. Trump. Granted, it’s been a while since it was, but this is the grimmest period of his presidency thus far.

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And Trump is showing it. Aides have been struggling to muzzle him – not physically, but everything short of that. And, as could have been predicted, they have not been fully effective. Responsible journalists report that Trump White House aides (who are notoriously sieve-like) say the US president feels alone and cornered.

Feeling lonely should not be surprising, as Trump is not one for close friendships. He has proven time and again that for him, loyalty is a one-way street. Virtually no one who works for him can feel secure. Probably no one but his daughter Ivanka is safe from the terminal wrath that eventually pushes so many associates out the door.

Trump’s normal self-pity has intensified lately. He continues to moan about Attorney-General Jeff Sessions having recused himself from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. But Trump has worse problems. His former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has not only been convicted on eight counts of fraud and tax evasion, but, fulfilling Trump’s worst fear, he has also decided to cooperate with Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russia probe and investigating Trump’s effort to block the inquiry into whether his campaign (and even administration) conspired with the Kremlin. It’s clear that the relentless Mueller pressured Manafort into cooperating to avoid a second costly trial.

Trump had dropped hints that he would pardon Manafort, but he was advised – and for once, he listened – that to do so before November’s midterm congressional elections would be catastrophic for the Republicans and therefore him. Manafort apparently calculated that he could neither bet on a pardon later – what if Trump himself was in serious legal danger by then? – nor afford another trial. His plea deal with Mueller strips him of most of his properties and tens of millions of dollars, but he was willing to accept huge financial losses to avoid the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison.

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Aside from having his potential prison sentence reduced (to an unknown amount), Manafort also wanted an arrangement that would keep his family safe. After all, he would be giving Mueller’s prosecutors the goods on some Russian oligarchs close to President Vladimir Putin – folks who are not particularly gentle toward people who betray them.

Making matters worse, Trump’s longtime attorney, Michael Cohen, has also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. Cohen knows a great deal about Trump’s previous business practices and has revealed that he arranged to pay women with whom Trump had sex (though he hasn’t admitted it) for their silence before the presidential election. This, too, has put Trump in legal jeopardy.

And now the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s selection to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, is hanging by the slimmest of threads and could be withdrawn at any moment. Kavanaugh was a risky choice all along. Drawn from a list of other highly conservative possible nominees provided to the president by the right-wing Federalist Society, Kavanaugh stood apart for his extraordinary views about presidential power. Kavanaugh has written that he believed that a president cannot be investigated or prosecuted while he is in office.

This view that a president is above the law is unique (so far as is known) among serious legal scholars. Its appeal to Trump is obvious. Moreover, Kavanaugh’s views are far to the right on other issues as well, and in his confirmation hearings he expressed them with no doubt. On other matters, including abortion rights, he was slippery in his responses, and there is credible evidence that he lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee on other matters.

But almost all of the Republicans on the committee were prepared to push his nomination through quickly: though he was an unpopular choice, he had the support of the Republican base, including much of the Christian right. This core support remained firm even after Christine Blasey Ford, a professor in California, came forward and alleged that a drunken Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. Republican leaders were desperate to get Kavanaugh confirmed before the midterms, lest their voters stay home out of disappointment and even anger if he wasn’t confirmed – in which case their worst nightmare, a Democratic takeover of the Senate as well as the House of Representatives, could come true. That was the situation when reports emerged about another woman alleging sexual misbehavior on Kavanaugh’s part, though her story was less well grounded, at least at first.

Adding to the turmoil was the publication of Bob Woodward’s latest book, Fear, which (like previous books on Trump, but to a greater extent and with more depth) offers a devastating portrait of a dysfunctional White House. In particular, the book – together with an anonymous New York Times op-ed by a senior administration official – showed how far aides would go to keep an incurious, ignorant, and paranoid president from impulsively doing something disastrous.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll issued on Sunday, September 23, found Democrats leading Republicans for election to the House by 12 percentage points, an extraordinary differential. And it was looking increasingly possible that the Democrats could also retake control of the Senate. Trump had hoped not to be an issue in these races, but that outcome was inescapable. The Republicans had little else to run on.

Even if the Democrats take only the House, life for Trump will become far more complicated, owing to the raft of investigations that the new majority would be certain to launch, and possible impeachment proceedings. Were the Democrats also to take the Senate, Trump could be in terminal trouble. But then he may be anyway.

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12 thoughts on “Trump’s Darkest Days

  1. You can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Except for the Fox News groupies.

    Even the Christian Right in the USA have to admit that Trump is “ethically-challenged”, even if they continue to delude themselves that he is “doing God’s work”.

  2. Horndog and sexual predator Donald Trump’s worse nightmare is yet to come.Playing the presidential pardon’s game,Mueller has outsmarted Trump all along the way.

    Mueller farmed out the Cohen case to the Southern District of New York.Now the New York State AG and Manhattan DA is investigating the Trump Organisation and Trump Foundation for money laundering and campaign finance violations.In Trump Tower,the mood is very grim among Trump associates,political operatives and employees.The three Trump elder children and son in law,Jarod’s chances of going to prison are very real.There is no presidential pardon for state crimes.When horndog Donald finally get chased out of office,he will joyfully joined his relatives in prison.

    Trump Jr’s wife is smart.Very very smart.She bolted out the doors before the horses got loose.Just like Manafort,if guilty of money laundering ,Uncle Sam will be lounging at all the Trump golf resorts and properties.Better for Mrs Trump Jr to get something now than nothing later.

    • “Hurry! Hurry! Hurry…place your bet…place your bet…blue, red, black, orange, green, any color you like…Hurry! Hurry! Hurry…place your bet…the dice is rolling…”

  3. Trump’s darkest day is when his biggest secret and myth have been blown to pieces by New York Times. The myth of Trump as a self-made billionaire was concocted to cover up the big secret that Trump got his wealth from tax fraud.

    Trump has sold the image for years that he built his own fortune. But a massive & exhaustive NYT report claims Trump & his family used suspicious tax schemes to get rich off his father’s wealth. Reporters Russ Buettner & David Fahrenthold react.

    Donald Trump got his wealth by helping his parents dodge taxes. He and his siblings set up a sham corporation to disguise millions of dollars in gifts from their parents, records and interviews show. Records indicate that Trump helped his father take improper tax deductions worth millions more. He also helped formulate a strategy to undervalue his parents’ real estate holdings by hundreds of millions of dollars on tax returns, sharply reducing the tax bill when those properties were transferred to him and his siblings.

    Trump isn’t a great businessman. Trump is a failed businessman who was literally born rich and is still getting money from his parents long after they have passed away. Trump has been secretive about his finances from the moment that he stepped into national politics, but the presidency is an impossible place to hide secrets, and Trump‘s biggest secret is that he is not who he has claimed to be for his entire adult life.

    Donald Trump isn’t a billionaire. He isn’t a great dealmaker or negotiator. Trump is a con man, a swindler, who made up a story of success to disguise the truth that he was born with a literal silver spoon in his mouth. Trump doesn’t understand workers because he has never had to work for anyone else. He has never lived paycheck to paycheck. The only thing that Donald Trump has ever worked hard at is pushing his mythological origin story in the press. Trump never did the work to be successful. He has been riding on his father’s coattails for his entire life. From the time that he was a toddler his parents were funneling money to Trump, and cash continues to flow even though Donald Trump is a senior citizen. Trump created the myth to cover up the crime.

    The NYT story could not have come at a worse time for Trump. The midterm election is a little more than a month away and Democrats are in prime position to take back the House, and there was already ample incentive for Democrats to investigate Trump‘s tax returns, but today’s story revealing that Trump committed several tax crimes to gain his wealth is enough to form the basis for a full investigation the financial dealings of Trump and his family.

    It is vital to national security for the country to understand if the President Of The United States is vulnerable or compromised. The fact that Trump is accused of committed crimes to avoid paying 50% of the taxes on money from his parents is potentially politically fatal. All of those working people who voted for Trump have taxes taken out of their paychecks every single week, while Trump has spent his life dodging paying his fair share.

    The thing that Donald Trump fears the most is the public release of his tax returns. The day is coming soon where the American people will get to see what Trump has been hiding for all of these years. The myth that Donald Trump is a self-made millionaire is dead, and his political career may soon follow.

    • Did you received the test Emergency Alert Message on your cell phone or television on Oct 3, 2018 at 11.17am?

  4. The wads have been shot

    Is he crazy or is he one of those grizzly old farmer that know what is going on by looking up?

    Senator Dianne Feinstein seems visibly shakened.

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