Certainly it would be nice to believe this:
I still believe (and pray) Trump will resign by year end toavoid worse humiliation – e.g.indictment by Mueller, or 25thamendment removal.
— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) October 12, 2017
Unfortunately, experts are saying no.
Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and writer Jeffrey Toobinwere interviewed at the New York Society for Ethical Culture onOctober 7:
“I don’t think it’s going to happen,” Toobin said in answer to aquestion from his audience. Bharara was no more soothing.
“People should get used to the idea that Donald Trump is goingto be president of the United States through his first term mostlikely,” said Bharara, who was fired by Trump after refusing toreturn the president’s phone call because he saw such interactionas an ethical problem.
“I think it would be more useful for people to focus … on waysto counteract the policies they disagree with, assuming he’s goingto be in office,” Bharara added, “rather than this wishful thinkingthat something’s going to drop from the heavens to remove him.”
One issue that is not being speculated about is how theRepublican party has morphed from conservatism to the party ofwhite nationalism. Steve Bannon makes no bones about this, he hasalways linked economic nationalism to white nationalism. That’s howhe’s gotten this far and why we’re in the mess that we’re in.American Prospect:
And Trump has been served notice by Bannon that he dare notstray too far from the white nationalists whom Bannon has courtedin his once and present guise of chief executive of theBreitbart.com hate site. In Alabama’s special Senate election,Trump endorsed the incumbent Luther Strange in the GOP primary,only to have Bannon back a primary challenge to Strange from RoyMoore, the theocratic, Constitution-flouting former chief justiceof the state Supreme Court. Moore stomped Trump’s candidate tobits. Trump promptly deleted all of his tweets endorsing Strange.Trump hates to lose. He won’t make that mistake again.
“We are a divided country,” said Carl Bernstein to an audiencegathered on October 6 at a theater in Chelsea for a panel titled“All the President’s Reporters.”
“We are in the state of a cold civil war in thiscountry,” Bernstein explained. “It is absolutelyunprecedented to have a president of the United States who liesabout damn near everything as this president does. And, yet, thatdoes not disturb a big part of the citizenry.”
It doesn’t disturb a big part of the citizenry because they’rebusy listening to Fox News, InfoWars, Drudge Report, what have you.The primary battle in this country is the War on Truth. There aremajor media outlets, accessible to one and all, who literally arepublishing diametrically opposed accounts of exactly the sameincident, the bungled aid to Puerto Rico being the perfect example.The very concepts of fact and opinion have been merged, criticalthinking has been thrown out the window, and hyperbole andpropaganda are now rampant as government agencies like FEMA worrymore about driving a narrative about their efficiency than actuallydoing their job and saving lives.
We are in this boat because what happened in the 2016 electionis that a third party candidate won the election. The third partyis the White Nationalist Party, formerly a fringe element of theGOP, but now it’s face. The WNP, and they might as well just comeout and identify themselves openly, is composed of the Nazis, theKKK, and the religious fanatics who label themselves asevangelicals/fundamentalists. When Donald Trump says “my people”this is who he is talking about.
The party of conservatism allowed itself to be subsumed andsuperseded by the party of white nationalism, plain and simple.This has been building for some time and Trump was there at theright place at the right time to pitch a bogus-populist message,pull a lot of emotional triggers, and awaken the dormant monstersof racism, misogyny, and xenophobia in general, as expressed byanti-globalism bunk.
The white nationalists have more power than they’ve ever had andthey’re drunk with vainglory. Now their poster child is none otherthan fundamentalist secessionist Roy Moore. They’re hoping to putmore of his ilk in power. Even Blackwater mercenary Erik Princewants to run for the Senate. He’s trying to meet residencyrequirements in Wyoming to see if he can topple the GOP incumbentin a primary.
There is a war being waged within the GOP, between theestablishment GOP and Steve Bannon’s new GOP, which is sometimesreferred to as the New Right. Disinformation and tapping intoprimal fears and ingrained prejudices are Bannon’s main tools torally the troops. The Grand Old Party is closer to the verge ofcollapse than it has been since the Whigs were taken over by thenow-Republican party and the Whigs officially became theRepublicans. While the GOP collapsing is not an idea thatnormally would upset any Democrat the concept of the New Right,white nationalist party being the face of the GOP has been nothingless than horrifying so far. Steve Bannon is going to push whitenationalism to the limit.
The election of Donald Trump represents a bloodless coup bythird party fringe groups. Maybe he will resign to avoid worsethings. One thing is certain, Trump hates to fail and when pushedto the wall before he has suddenly cut and run, declaringbankruptcy and disappearing. Maybe he’ll do that this time as well.Or maybe the mainstream Republicans such as Corker and Sasse, whohave been speaking up recently, will get the reins of power back towhere it belongs in the party. It’s in their best interests to doso, perhaps that is what will happen. Or perhaps firebrandrevolutionary Steve Bannon will emerge as the winner of thiscultural war, this War on Truth, and if that’s the case, Orwell’s“1984” will become our new playbook, if it hasn’t already.