With each passing day, the Trump debacle becomes more worrisome even as it gets closer to imploding. I spend far too much time thinking and worrying about it. Recently, an idea occurred to me that seems so obvious that I had to wonder why no one has been discussing it. (Conceivably I could have missed an opinion piece covering this topic, but, believe me, I read and watch a lot – A LOT, altogether TOO MUCH – of news reports about the current state of affairs in a variety of mediums, none of which qualifies as “fake news” in my book, although it certainly would for Trump and his herd.) My idea is this: By any measure, Trump is a narcissistic ignoramus, a serious peril to the people and perception of the United States, who denigrates the traditional American image and wreaks havoc on our global interests every time he opens his disgusting, petty little mouth or sends a misguided tweet with his stubby, uncalloused little fingers. So, why are the Republicans so intent on keeping him around? If Trump were removed from office somehow (and in all likelihood the Republicans will have to be the ones to do it via impeachment, hopefully in the very near future), a conservative Republican would be the next in line, for as far down the line as we might end up going.
First up would be Mike Pence, although in my estimation he is also a dangerous lunatic who is wildly complicit in the whole disastrous Trump presidency and spends most of his time, when he’s not kissing Trump’s ass publicly, standing idly a step behind him with a smug smile while Trump puffs and poses and bloviates. If I had my druthers, Pence would be eliminated from office as well, if not prosecuted for perjury and obstruction of his own. (At the very least, he should be disqualified for being blind and naïve. How could he not have known Mike Flynn was a political time bomb? Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has spoken often on his rounds of the political commentary shows about the dated letter that was sent to the White House TELLING THEM EXACTLY THIS. So when Pence said he didn’t know, he either didn’t read a missive from the House Oversight Committee or he read it and then lied about it. And that’s just one example of Pence’s duplicity.)
So let’s just say, wishfully speaking, that Pence is out as well, flushed down the toilet with the rest of the Trumpian turds. Who’s next? Paul Ryan, who has been a vice presidential candidate and a presidential candidate and is slobberingly desperate for this gig. And if for some reason he’s out of the running, who’s next? President pro tempore of the Senate, Orin Hatch, another long-standing spouter of the conservative party line. WHY AREN’T THE REPUBLICANS CLAMORING FOR TRUMP’S REMOVAL? Not that it would be great – oh, god, no – but at least there would be certain expectations of something resembling normal governmental functioning, decorum and (sort of) ethics. At a minimum we wouldn’t have to deal with a president who is perhaps one of the dumbest people alive, who doesn’t believe that the law (which the legislators in Congress have the duty to create) applies to him and who is frighteningly apt to get us involved in some scary stuff, like a war or a dictatorship.*
If the Republicans successfully removed Trump from office, then America could start moving away from being the laughingstock we’ve become in the last six months. (Six months!) Some people might even see these Republican stalwarts as HEROES!! They CLEANED HOUSE (literally)!! They DID THE RIGHT THING!! Saved the nation and the world from a lawless madman who should never have been elected in the first place, who won a tainted election with help from our mortal enemy, who belittled and insulted EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM during and even before his campaign (and it continues to this day). We won’t even remind them how much they simpered and sniveled and said, “Yes, Mr. Trump”, “Whatever you say, Mr. Trump” for far too long, before finally coming to their senses and taking assertive action. What possible benefit do the Republicans get with Trump IN office that they would not have – perhaps three or four times over – if he were NOT in office? Republicans would still control all three branches of government, and there wouldn’t be a polarizing, clueless idiot at the helm who, between the “Russia thing”, his disdain for the law and his love of authoritarianism, is very likely risking THEIR jobs in the 2018 election. Trump sees no issue with threatening to fire special prosecutor Bob Mueller or his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, both of whom are technically supposed to be neutral, to serve the Constitution and the American people, not to blindly swear loyalty to Trump, especially now that Mueller is getting closer to the truth (Sessions is a strawman). But Trump does not consider himself constrained by the traditional boundaries of how the U.S. government is supposed to work – and has worked – for upwards of two hundred years, or by the rules of ethics that should prevent him from profiting off his presidency.
I just don’t get it. Congressional Republicans are craven people out solely for their own interests (and those of their deep-pocket donors, so, like I said, their own ($) interests). Why don’t they admit that this ridiculous “Buffoon-in-Chief” experiment has failed miserably and they need to make the next move? Who will step up to restore order to the law? Democrats don’t have the numbers, nor do they have a cohesive message at the moment, but they would surely support the impeachment by the House and the conviction by the Senate. So it’s got to be those craven, self-interested Republicans. Hurry, please, before he blows something up. He’s feeling like a cornered dog and all he knows how to do is destroy.
* I’ve been interested in this bipartisan bill being considered in Congress right now about preserving and even beefing up the sanctions against Russia as punishment for their (concededly admitted) meddling in the 2016 election. According to Trump’s new press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, he’s is ready to sign it. [Sanders replaced the beleaguered Sean Spicer, who finally grew some cojones and decided he was done being a punching bag, but it may be too late for him now, since he’s shown himself on the public stage to be little more than a kicked dog. I mean, how crushed must he have felt when Trump wouldn’t let Spicer, a devout Catholic, meet the Pope when they went to the Vatican? Sad!] But that’s probably because he is not aware (it almost goes without saying that Trump has not read the bill) that, within this potential law, there is a provision that says the president can’t reduce or remove the sanctions without the express approval of Congress. It might be a hollow gesture, given that, as long as the Republicans retain control, they would probably red-stamp a Trump request. But at least the opposition would be out in the open and subject to the court of public opinion (if not the actual courts).