Now It's Time To Take The High Road On Trump
And so the Mueller investigation rolled to a close - Manafort, Flynn, Cohen, Kushner - the names are so familiar. Once unrecognisable political apparatchiks who operated in the shadows are now household names. They have been dragged blinking into the limelight as part of the relentless effort to try and uncover exactly what sort of person the 49th President Of The United States really is, and the outcomes have been dreadfully predictable.
It seems like barely a day passes when we don’t hear of yet another ethical boundary that Trump has failed to observe. Whether it is the unsurprising testimony by Cohen about Trumps racism, sexism and collusion with Russia, or Stormy Daniels lurid revelations about Trumps sexual proclivities and attempts to buy her silence, there is no longer any room for doubt that he is simply not fit for office.
Only one question remains; where do we go from here?
Do we carry on with the investigations until we find the inevitable legal evidence of wrongdoing that has so far eluded Mueller? Once we have it do we press onwards for impeachment? Or is that exactly what Donald Trump wants? As Oscar Wilde said ‘there is only thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about’. This is doubly true for a man who’s success is based on reality TV and gossip channels and who spends his nights eating hamburgers and trolling the world on Twitter.
Perhaps it’s time to take the high road rather than continue pursuing him through the gutter. What more can we realistically hope to achieve anyway? If and when evidence of legal wrongdoing is uncovered there would still be a long road to impeachment, and still a majority Democrat House of Representatives might balk at removing a sitting President. Even if the will is there the process would be so complex that Trump could still end up serving his full term.
We need instead to consider Trumps base. As other investigations continue there will be even more revelations of what a nasty piece- of-work Trump is, but how much more do we need to know? The evidence thus far accrued already confirms what most people suspected, yet it has little effect on Trumps base. The longer the enquiry continues the more they start to see it as an establishment witch-hunt, and Trump will sit on his bed of McDonalds wrappers and stoke this narrative for all it is worth.
Wouldn’t it be better to occupy the moral high ground? Showing some real leadership and speaking up on issues that affect working class Americans might be the best way to sway some of those who voted for him. It’s not to say that we should give up. Trump must be resisted at every turn and ultimately must be removed from office, but democratically at the ballot box - it may now be the quickest way.
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