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?
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?
#NotMyPresident turns from a refrain of political resistance, a sign of political discontentment, to a deepening of the divide. Instead of serving as a reminder that not all Americans are content with the political situation, it reinforces the false notion that two Americas exist.
Remember Hillary Clinton campaigning at her husband’s side in 1992, telling voters, “If you vote for him, you get me”? Better yet, do you remember what she said the following year when the Clinton administration was already coming under fire for ethical lapses: “I’m not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president”? We???
Oh yes, I fully believe that art imitates life and that Bill and Hillary were the prototypes for the despicable Frank and Claire Underwood in the popular TV series, House of Cards.