This column is premised on a truth I’ve discovered over nearly forty years of practicing law and working in politics. Conservatives are weak. They lack the self-discipline to grasp what conservatism actually means and if they actually understood the doctrine, they wouldn’t believe in it. Donald Trump has destroyed what little that remained of conservatism. Liberals are now responsible for the future of the United States.
July 16, 2018, brought America to a turning point. No American will ever again be able to honestly defend Donald Trump. Trump publicly took sides against the United States by believing that Vladimir Putin told the truth when Putin denied that Russia tried to influence America’s presidential election in 2016. Trump dismissed the opinion of his own Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, that the Russian meddled in our 2016 presidential election and that they are still trying to undermine our democracy. Coats reaffirmed his above-referenced opinion on July 19, 2018, in case President Trump had not originally understood him.
Trump’s exact words on July 16 were “I have great confidence in my intelligence people,” Trump said when asked about Coats’ assessment. “But I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”…”[Putin] just said it’s not Russia,” Trump also said. “I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”
On the same day, when asked whether he had wanted Trump to win the election and whether he had directed any officials to help make that happen, Putin replied. “Yes, I did. Yes, I did,” said the Russian leader, in an apparent answer to the first question. “Because he talked about bringing the Russian relationship back to normal.”
Those words from Trump and Putin can never be explained or justified by Trump supporters. Trump spoke those words deliberately and with the calculation that he could get away with it and now that he’s been caught he’s pretending he “misspoke.” He’s gotten away with that in the past (“grab ‘em by the —–.”) but this can’t be overlooked as just another gaffe. Donald Trump took sides against America.
What will happen from here? In a Plunderbund column of May 18, 2017, I wrote that Trump would resign by the end of that year. As a character played by Harrison Ford in the movie in the movie “Witness” said, “I was wrong.” I also predicted that Trump would leave office because of revelations of business dealings between him and Russian oligarchs.
Conservative writer George Will’s column of July 17, 2018, validates the suspicion of Trump’s financial chicanery. Will wrote that Trump has not disclosed his tax returns because he is not nearly as wealthy as he claims and his “redundantly demonstrated incompetence as a businessman” (In an earlier column, Will has called Trump “a six-time bankrupt.”) forced him into “financial dependencies on Russians.”
Helsinki will force Trump from office and it’s just a question of how long it will take. Trump has boxed himself in. Until Helsinki, he could have gotten away with firing Mueller. Now, he’s stuck with Mueller until the end. Helsinki also gives Mueller full justification to investigate Trump’s finances and he’ll find that Trump owes (and is laundering) money to the oligarchs.
That’s why Trump fears the Mueller investigation. When it’s proven that Trump owes money to and/or receives money from the oligarchs, Trump will leave the White House. The Republicans in the house and senate will tell him that they will impeach and convict him if he doesn’t resign. Trump will have brought about his downfall because of his words on July 16, 2018. The day he said what he meant and meant what he said.