Saturday, September 09, 2017
Donald Trump and the Deadly Threat of Hurricane Mueller
As you can imagine, Donald Trump has so many things to worry about these days.
What with Hurricane Irma threatening to engulf the state of Florida
And the Hispanic Hurricane Jose following so closely behind.
It's a climate change denier's AND a bigot's nightmare.
But of course the hurricane he's really worried about is Hurricane Mueller.
Because it's now threatening to engulf the White House.
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has alerted the White House that his team will probably seek to interview six top current and former advisers to President Trump who were witnesses to several episodes relevant to the investigation of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the request.
Mueller’s interest in the aides, including trusted adviser Hope Hicks, former press secretary Sean Spicer and former chief of staff Reince Priebus, reflects how the probe that has dogged Trump’s presidency is starting to penetrate a closer circle of aides around the president.
Goodness knows what some of the people he fired, like Sean Spicer, might say about him...
Or whether Trump will be charged with obstruction of justice, or treason, or both.
And to make matters worse some of his own rabid base are now accusing him of being a traitor.
After Trump ran off with their arch-enemy Nancy Pelosi...
Which is not only their worst nightmare.
It is the scenario that President Trump’s most conservative followers considered their worst nightmare, and on Wednesday it seemed to come true: The dealmaking political novice, whose ideology and loyalty were always fungible, cut a deal with Democrats.
It has some of them on the verge of revolt.
If Mr. Trump’s agreement with the two Democratic leaders, Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi, to increase the debt limit and finance the government for three months did not yet represent the breaking point between the president and his core, hard-right base of support, it certainly put him closer than he has ever been to tipping his fragile political coalition into open revolt.
As you can see by reading some of the comments at the ghastly Breitbart.
And goodness knows what Breitbart's sinister master, Steve Bannon, must be thinking...
But you can be sure it isn't pretty.
Although who really cares what Bannon thinks as long as Trump is leaving the GOP in a shambles?
As former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour indelicately put it, Donald Trump was elected to give Washington "the gigantic middle finger." It's what the rabble, the great American unwashed, wanted – and it's what they have.
The problem is that Mr. Trump has been extending the middle digit to his own party.
And threatening to destroy it.
Large numbers of Republicans would dearly love to desert their leader. The Robert Mueller inquiry into election meddling by Russia could give them an opportunity. But if provoked by signs of rebellion, it is not inconceivable that Mr. Trump would split with the party and run under a new conservative banner. That's a development that, while not reducing it to two seats, would kill the GOP.
And while watching Mueller slip handcuffs on Trump is something I will savour for the rest of my life.
Watching his own supporters destroy him could be even enjoyable...
Golly, I love the smell of the Republican Party burning in the morning.
Now isn't that a pleasant thought?
Have a great weekend everybody...