“When you strike at a king, you must kill him.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Courtesy of NYT:
Mr. Trump’s foes struck at him but did not take him down.
With the end of the impeachment trial now in sight and acquittal assured, a triumphant Mr. Trump emerges from the biggest test of his presidency emboldened, ready to claim exoneration and take his case of grievance, persecution and resentment to the campaign trail.
The president’s Democratic adversaries rolled out the biggest constitutional weapon they had and failed to defeat him, or even to force a full trial with witnesses testifying to the allegations against him. Now Mr. Trump, who has said that the Constitution “allows me to do whatever I want” and pushed so many boundaries that curtailed past presidents, has little reason to fear the legislative branch nor any inclination to reach out in conciliation.
“I don’t think in any way Trump is willing to move on,” said Mickey Edwards, a former Republican congressman who teaches at Princeton University. “I think he will just have been given a green light and he will claim not just acquittal but vindication and he can do those things and they can’t impeach him again. I think this is going to empower him to be much bolder. I would expect to see him even more let loose.”
Impeachment will always be a stain on Mr. Trump’s historical record, a reality that has stung him in private, according to some close to him. But he will be the first president in American history to face voters after an impeachment trial and that will give him the chance to argue for the next nine months that his enemies have spent his entire presidency plotting against him to undo the 2016 election.
“This was clearly a political coup d’état carried out by a group of people who were amazingly, openly dishonest and I think it’s going to be repudiated,” said former Speaker Newt Gingrich, a strong ally of the president’s. “He’s been beaten up for three solid years and he’s still standing. That’s an amazing achievement if you think about it.”
Apparently rather than being shamed by the fact that he is only the third president in history to be impeached, Trump plans to run on it in 2020 as if it is a badge of honor.
His political foes swung, and his political foes missed.
This was, of course, exactly what Nancy Pelosi feared would happen if the Republicans circled the wagons around Trump and helped him to stay in office, and clearly her fears were valid.
Now the Democrats have to hope that the voters are so disgusted by what the Republicans did to shield Trump from justice that they will flock to their side of the aisle.
While at the same time the Republicans are counting on the short attention span of the American people to allow them to spend millions reshaping the narrative so that Trump appears to be the stongest of leaders, rather than the most devious of political scumbags.
I am not going to lie, I am not sure who will be more successful.
However I do know that Donald Trump’s worst enemy is Donald Trump, and that if he really does feel invincible that he will likely do something that even the most inattentive American voter cannot bring themselves to ignore.