Donald Trump has served fewer than 200 days as president, but it now seems that the end already is in sight. Even congressional Republicans are growing tired of The Donald's erratic performance. Indeed, some of them are warning that their patience with this man's nutty behavior has reached its limits. Just this morning, GOP Sen. Lindsey […]
Donald Trump has served fewer than 200 days as president, but it now seems that the end already is in sight.
Even congressional Republicans are growing tired of The Donald's erratic performance. Indeed, some of them are warning that their patience with this man's nutty behavior has reached its limits.
Just this morning, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said “there will be holy hell to pay” if Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He also said that removing special counsel Robert Mueller without good reason would be “the beginning of the end of Trump's presidency.”
Them's strong words, even coming from Graham, who's a little less right-wingy than most of his Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill. Affection for Trump among GOP lawmakers in general is becoming perceptibly less ardent than it was just a few weeks ago.
The fundamental problem is that Trump has a basic misunderstanding of the powers available to him. He seems to have thought all along that a president can do whatever he wants and can rule by fiat. It's almost as if the man is completely ignorant of the restraints under which previous presidents have had to serve, much to their dismay in some cases. Does Trump not understand what happened to Richard Nixon when he learned the hard way that there were limits to his power?
Trump's missteps as president are too numerous to list here, but the number grows almost daily. Yesterday, without any warning whatsoever, the president issued a tweet declaring that transgender people no longer will be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. This directive was a complete surprise to virtually everyone, even to officials at the Pentagon, the very people who will have to enforce it.
What did Trump think he would accomplish with this mean-spirited bigotry? Was it just an impulsive effort to change the subject?
We've all grown accustomed to Trump's peculiar penchant for venting in his tweets, but patience with his illogical rants is growing thin, even among his fellow Republicans. You could call it a Trump Fatigue Factor.
The president no longer tries to disguise his apparent fear that details of his campaign's dealings with the Russian government ultimately will be his undoing. His principal political objective is to defang the forces who can bring the Russian situation to bear against him.
Talk about this kind of stuff has become so routine in recent weeks and months that some people perhaps don't notice that Trump is becoming increasingly desperate to avoid the ultimate disgrace. Not even his propensity for self-aggrandizement — to wit: He says the crowds at this inauguration were the biggest in history — can hide the fact that his fear is getting the best of him.
The situation is such that Trump is likely to become increasingly desperate and unglued. His weak standing in the polls suggests that there's no sizable well of affection for him among the American public. Yes, he still has his base of enthusiastic supporters, but it's getting smaller with each passing day. If and when this reality becomes apparent to him, the president likely will become even less predictable.
It's my educated guess that Donald Trump no longer will be president come next summer. Perhaps his fall from grace will come even sooner. The big question is whether he will resign or be impeached. Either way, the end is coming, and then America will face the daunting task of trying to restore dignity to presidential politics.