Let’s take a look at the facts.
Tonight, July 19, Trump told the NY Times that he wouldn’t have appointed Jeff Sessions as attorney general if he’d known that Sessions would recuse himself from anything connected to the Russian investigation. What Sessions did “wasn’t fair to the president.” (Trump speaking of himself in the 3rd person).
Trump threatened to fire independent prosecutor Robert Mueller if he looks into the trump family finances. And this threat comes on the heels of his firing FBI director James Comey, who was in charge of the Russian investigation. He also threatened to fire Rodney Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general in the Department of Justice.
Trump also said the next attorney general – the head of the Department of Justice – should report directly to him, effectively wiping out the judicial branch of the government. Go back to basics. In the U.S., there are 3 distinct branches of government – executive (the prez), legislative (senate and house) and the judicial (supreme court and lower courts).
This is how dictatorships begin. It’s what Maduro in Venezuela is trying to do by rewriting the Venezuela constitution so that the executive branch has unlimited power. It’s what Batista and, later, Castro, did in Cuba, what Franco did in Spain, what Pinochet did in Chile, what Hitler did in Germany, what Putin has done in Russia. Dictators and wannabe dictators have an M.O. Appoint yourself as supreme leader, make sure you have a military that will back you up, get rid of the free press, cozy up to other dictators, jail your opponents.
We believe the U.S. is a country of laws and you constantly hear how no one – not even the president – is above the law. Yet, in the six months of this presidency, trump has managed to lie his way out of everything, and the republican house and senate are so intimidated by him and so wrapped up in their own power hungry agendas, they haven’t done anything to stop him.
We no longer have a government. We have chaos that deepens daily with trump’s twitter storms, new allegations about him and his family’s collusion with Russians, his threats to fire this person and that, and now he’s using the old Nixon play book – I don’t remember. He’s claiming he doesn’t remember asking anyone to leave the oval office when he had his little chat with Comey about dropping the investigation of Michael Flynn, his former National Security advisor – a clear obstruction of justice.
If Trump actually does fire Sessions and Mueller and Rosenstein and appoints an attorney general and FBI director who report to him, what then? Will republicans just look the other way, as they’ve been doing? If so, then who’s going to stop this madman from appointing himself dictator? Son-in-law Jared? Son Don Jr? Oh, maybe Ivanka?
Where are the coal jobs trump promised? Where is the repeal and replace of Obamacare that he promised so there would be “great health care for all”? Where is the Make America Great again when his own daughter’s clothing line is made overseas? Where’s the silly wall he kept harping about? And the tax cuts?
In six months, with republicans owning congress and the white house, not a single piece of meaningful legislation has been passed because the Art of the Deal dude has been too busy tweeting attacks on the media, the U.S. allies, enriching his family’s coffers, and cozying up to dictators. If we come through this with trump getting dumped – and tweeting from prison that he actually won the popular vote- the republican party will have gone the way of the Dodo bird and we’ll be a third world country – if we still exist at all. The sooner he’s gone, the better off we’ll be.
P.S. As of today, July 21, Sessions doesn’t plan on resigning.