Lately, presumably clear-thinking friends of mine have been hard at work disabusing me of what may indeed be utterly naïve pseudo-thinking on my part. See, I’ve been thinking and saying that I don’t think Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate in 2020. Why? Because I am pretty confident that, well before November 2020, the Mueller report will have made it blatantly incontestable that Donald Trump sought and received the conspiratorial help of Russia to win election in 2016. His election will be declared fraudulent. The findings will be extensive, irrefutable, ugly beyond all belief.
So what?, reply my friends. It won’t matter.
What??!! It won’t matter??
Nope, they say. Trump and his troops have effectively persuaded a majority of Americans that it’s a politically motivated witch hunt. And virtually all the awful truths of the report have already been put before the American people, one small bite at a time, over the course of several years. We already know exactly what did happen and what is happening. There is no new news, just an ongoing rehash and/or repetition of heretofore unthinkable travesties we’ve already heard—Trump being Trump—that scarcely registers. Sort of like immunization shots, where a drib and drab over time build up your resistance to the wallop of the big bad disease. This means there’ll never be a big bang, because like fans at 140-decibel rock concerts we’ve become deafened over time and just live within the inchoate massive roar.
Besides, they point out, truth itself has been dismissed as something that matters. Truth, facts, reality—all disposable. The President of the United States routinely stands before us stating the most obvious lies about almost anything, and it no longer matters, no longer merits comment or protest. When the Washington Post lie-counter passed the 7,500 mark a while ago, it was like adding another few billion to the national debt. Meh. Who cares anymore? (I took a time-out from writing this just now to check whether I was on solid ground here. Yep. The Trump-public-Presidential lies counter was at 6,520 on November 2, 2018. A mere six weeks later, it was at 7,645. Who noticed? Who cares anymore? Do you?)
Perhaps I really am in a fantasy world where I imagine that, at some point, people—a lot of people, most people—will care. Surely, they’ll say, hey, wait a minute here. How can we have a country—or have anything, really—if we decide to get along without truth, facts, reality. Am I nuts to expect that?
But then, somehow it’s okay with millions if a President of the United States of America casually declares to the nation, time and again, that he chooses to believe Vladimir Putin rather than—and in direct contradiction to—any or all of the seventeen intelligence agencies devoted to discerning the truth, facts, reality of America’s situation in the world. That’s okay with them.
My friends concede that, well, it may not be actually “okay”, but since it’s effectively okay with many (most) Americans, it doesn’t matter. That train has left the station…
I don’t know what to do. Or what to regard as real about America. I know I can’t abandon my hope and join Lily Tomlin in her epic concession, “No matter how cynical you get, it’s impossible to keep up.” I remain a perduring optimist, to the bemusement of my more cynical friends. So here is how I imagine the next eighteen months:
I think that when Mueller is done, America (including even Republican senators) will be staggered by the extent and mendacity and outright treason of what Trump and his co-conspirators have done. And that no matter how hard the Attorney General and Trump strive to smother It, we’ll get a Cliff Notes version from Mueller’s testimony to various committees of the House of Representatives. Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, Maxine Waters and others will make sure that Mueller lays out the whole horrifying tale for a rapt national TV audience.
I think that both the awfulness of his perfidy, and the timing of its definitive revelation, will nullify Trump’s threat to “primary” any Republicans who don’t blindly back him. With one voice, they will cry, “I’m shocked! Shocked, to think this kind of thing has been going on!” and abandon him en masse.
I think that Trump will issue a tsunami of pardons to anyone and everyone who did his bidding, and then run for cover at Mar-a-Lago with a Pence pardon in his own pocket, there to await the state AG attack dogs who will rip him to shreds for non-pardon-able crimes that violated their state laws. With luck, he’ll eventually be wearing jumpsuits that match his orange hair.
But I really, really want to know what YOU think. And so I’m ending this with a heartfelt request. If you are reading this by having clicked the link on my Facebook page, then you’re already on my website right now, and I want to get your opinion on the question of Trump-or-not as the Republican candidate in 2020. Please scroll down to the “Comments” section and let me know what you think. Do you think Trump will survive whatever’s ahead and be the candidate? If you want to go further and speculate about the election itself—who’d be running and who’d win, fine. But I really just want to get some additional perspectives on my hypothesis that Trump won’t be on the ballot. Thanks in advance
But if you subscribe to my website, you got this article pasted into an email with no obvious way to respond. If so, you’ll need to click on this link (https://eliotdaley.com/is-it-really-happening-is-it-too-late-to-recover/) which will take you to this same article on my website, where you can scroll down to the bottom and leave a “Comment”. Please do that, and tell me what you believe will happen between now and November 2020 with respect to the Republican candidate for President. Do you think Trump will survive whatever’s ahead and be the candidate? If you want to go further and speculate about the election itself—who’d be running and who’d win, fine. But I really just want to get some additional perspectives on my hypothesis that Trump won’t be on the ballot. Thanks in advance!