The current media revival of the Nixonian Watergate scandal also bore an unspoken message to Trump’s team that has chosen to give up its collective corrupt soul to the ages. When the next generation of historians dare to make any sense of Trump and his loyalists they will rest their case on the harsh indifference of each participant to his or her place in the history books.

As they trudge around in their nastiness for a totally unworthy quixotic and dishonest king, their live moments on the planet will be brief, of course. History, however, is forever.

Trump, for example, will be remembered as the worst president in history instead of, as he would have us believe, the fifty-first star in the flag. While his multiple-choice action disrupted all civil thoughts about a cool presidential response on the southern border, he mindlessly flew off to Duluth and Las Vegas for campaign rallies for the next presidential election still two years away.

For the scattering of Trump Americana, it marked brutal incompetence at its worst that left officials guessing about their next move. Once again chorus: “My country, ’tis of ME.”

Meantime, it left kids and parents ripped apart with anti-abortionists wondering how to justify their fixation on a “pro-life” mob boss who will not allow himself to be upstaged by thousands (we don’t know precisely how many) of wailing children and brokenhearted mothers. He gave no evidence of any hint of humanity, which doesn’t play well at his rallies. More than 2,400 kids were flown off to various destinations with not a clue from the president on what to do with them on their arrival in the heated darkness. To hear the lame explanation of his befuddled apologists, they will someday be reunited with their parents even though communication at this point appears to be a long way off.

That will be his historical record.

As for his partners. John Kelly, his chief of staff, will get no more than a brief mention in the history books that he once was a respected Marine general but seen with broader accountability as a ghoulish enforcer. Rudy Giuliani will be remembered mostly as the president’s clownish advisor. EPA director Scott Pruitt, no more than a footnote in history as an Oklahoma attorney general, will be recorded as the monstrously destructive force in cleaning up the environment while engaged in expensive shopping tours.

The Trump family will be cast as mercenaries who landed possibly more than $90 million under the Trump brand.

If the day comes when Donald J. Trump decides that his reputation in the history books is worth some kinder word, he should recall Oscar Wilde’s words that “no man is rich enough to buy back his past.” Nixon couldn’t either.
 

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