So President Trump thinks it’s “sad” that “our beautiful statues and monuments” to famous Confederates are being removed from public squares.
There was a time when no Republican would dream of saying such a thing. It was the Republican Party, let us remember, that preserved the Union, freed the slaves and championed the rights of African Americans during Reconstruction. It was the Democrats, in contrast, who ripped the country apart, fought for slavery, and imposed segregation.
Donald Trump and his supporters may be waging battles against the press, immigrants, voting rights, the environment, science, social welfare programs, Planned Parenthood and what they label political correctness and the deep state.
But to them these are mere skirmishes in a much larger conflict. The president has essentially declared an all-out war on the American 1960s.
Assume for a moment that Donald Trump survives the Russia investigation.
Assume first that he doesn’t fire Robert Mueller. Assume then, as seems increasingly likely, that Mueller discovers a web of financial entanglements between Trump and Russia, that he can show how Russia thought they had leverage over Trump and used every weapon in their cyber arsenal to get him elected.
But also assume that Mueller was unable to find any smoking gun evidence that Trump, his family or his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin beyond the Donald Jr. meeting we now know took place.
Will this benefit or harm the President politically as he moves toward reelection in 2020?
Bullies like Trump are cowards at heart. However appealing he finds sliming his prosecutors like a stressed hagfish, the thought of running away to spend more time with his 9-iron might prove irresistible. Would Pence trade the Oval Office for Trump’s holding his resignation hostage to a pardon?
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How did it come to pass that of the two political parties, the Democrats — who have long fought for the underdog, civil rights, consumer protections, universal health care, the minimum wage and for unions against powerful interests that try to crush them — have now been branded in large swaths of the country as the party of the establishment and the elites?