If you’ve stuck with Donald Trump to this point, you’ve been through a lot. You’ve been called names. You’ve had your sanity questioned. You’ve had your intelligence insulted by opportunistic local and statewide candidates wanting to ride Trump’s coattails.
You’ve endured the tireless cable news criticism hoping to force you into a state of buyer’s remorse. You’ve even had to take abuse for supporting Trump from the untalented and screechy B-listers who are the opinion writers for the Alabama Media Group.
You had your reason for supporting Trump over not just Hillary Clinton, but the other Republican candidates in the 2016 presidential primary.
It might be style. You liked Trump because everything is larger than life and he isn’t afraid to say the first thing that pops into his head on social media.
It might be policy. You liked him because he was willing to at least say he was hawkish on illegal immigration and was touting a wall. Or it could be because you or someone you know lost a manufacturing job because of globalism. To you, the elected leadership didn’t do anything to stymie the trend of globalism. Instead, they embraced it and paved the way for the outsourcing of the nation’s manufacturing base.
You endured the name-calling: “white-lash,” “tribalism,” “protectionist,” “deplorable,” etc.
It’s been a long two, three years. But this is the time where he might lose you.
There’s no question about it: Trump has been debilitated by the Russian investigation, and it is to the point where it has impacted his ability to implement policy.
Last week, he announced a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria in keeping with his campaign promise of avoiding foreign entanglements. To some, however, Trump’s decision is tantamount to doing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bidding. There is always something.
And the road goes on forever, but now we’re at a fork.
There is no wall construction underway on the U.S.-Mexico border. The stock market is shedding the gains of 2017 and early 2018. The so-called “deep state” seems in control of the country — not the duly-elected president.
Trump has delivered on some promises, but not the big ones and could pay dearly in 2020 if this trend continues. The bottom line: Trump supporters have been through a lot, but they’re not getting anything in return and will find less of a reason to stick around.
Republicans were unable to get it done with the White House, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives over the last two years. With Nancy Pelosi soon to assume the gavel in the House, perhaps the best thing for our commander-in-chief to do is start aggressively exercising his constitutional powers.
Clean out the politicized Department of Justice. Fire Robert Mueller. Make it rain pardons. Just get it over with.
Fire some of these career bureaucrats who think they know better than the voters. Yes, Congress will be upset. The media will cry bloody murder. Impeachment might even go down in the House.
Elections have consequences. People elected Donald Trump. It’s not the role of a president’s administration to wage a neverending investigation of its boss. The Founding Fathers didn’t create a system of checks and balances that included an internal permanent investigatory body with a limitless scope and checkbook.
It’s not clear what would happen if Robert Mueller were fired tomorrow. He could sue for wrongful termination.
However, it would take years beyond Trump’s time in the White House for that case to be settled. And would Mueller want to be subjected to all the discovery processes involved in such a lawsuit? Could someone else sue on Mueller’s behalf?
The damage from a Mueller firing would be cosmetic. It probably wouldn’t be legal.
No matter what happens, congressional Democrats like Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, Jerry Nadler are going to cry impeachment, indictment, etc., no matter what. There could be a wayward Republican or two who joins them.
But as Jeff Flake and Bob Corker learned, being the so-called wayward Republican maverick has consequences. It might cost them in a Republican primary.
The politics of Trump going scorched earth could be a net positive. An emboldened Trump likely means an emboldened base. An emboldened base shows up at the ballot box.
Beyond that, what is Trump’s best play to better chances in 2020? Hope for a disastrous 2020 Democratic primary and figure it out later?
Test those presidential powers. Let Congress deal with it and let them defend accusations of trying to undo an election of a U.S. president.
Otherwise, we can continue in this drip, drip, drip of meaningless bombshells and be forced to act like they warrant breathless reporting, as if this is what will finally do in the president.
How is that sustainable? Why let the opposition nibble around the edges of executive power?
Trump resetting the table in a blaze of glory might not be a preferred option, but it is probably the best.