There are some misleading stories about a “prediction” I supposedly made based on the interview I gave below. I’m not Nate Silver. Or the New York Times (Hillary Clinton has an 85% chance of winning! http://nyti.ms/2iIKJ9m). I don’t do predictions. I just need you to wake the fuck up and not get giddy every time a new Robert Mueller story breaks.
If we don’t face the fact that he outsmarted us all and is more than capable of doing it again in 2020, then we’ll be facing 8 years of Trump in office (and 3-4 more Supreme Court appointments). His job approval ratings are low – but they’ve always been low! He’s a crook, a liar, a cheat, a thug – but he was all of those things before November 8, 2016! The American people spoke loud and clear on election day – the majority voted for the Democrat (just like they’ve done in 6 of the last 7 Presidential elections). And, yet, Donald J. Trump sits in the White House. Don’t get giddy. Don’t get smug. Don’t assume Robert Mueller is here to save you. Get to work!
(Commoner Call cartoon by Mark L. Taylor, 2017. Open source and free to use with link to www.thecommonercall.org )
Trump’s End Game: NY Times Column Is An Important Read
By Mark L. Taylor
The Commoner Call (9/4/17)
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow had an important column Thursday entitled “Trump Raises An Army” that Commoner Call readers should read. Given the long introductory comments regarding the Houston hurricane disaster I am pulling the ‘money’ quote from the end of the column, but I urge you to read the entire column to have the full context of Blow’s commentary:
“…Should something emerge from the Robert Mueller investigation — an investigation that is continuing unabated even as Harvey rages — that should implicate Trump and pose a threat to the continuation of his tenure, Trump wants to position any attempt to remove him as a political coup. His efforts to delegitimize the press are all part of this because one day the press may have to deliver ruinous news.
“In that scenario, Trump knows that the oligarchs and establishment Republicans would be quick to abandon him. Their support isn’t intrinsic; it’s transactional. But the base — the market — the ones with guns as well as those who are simply excited, the die-hards, the ones he keeps appealing to and applauding, will not forsake him. They see attacks on Trump as attacks on themselves.
“Trump is playing an endgame. In the best-case scenario, these die-hards are future customers; in the worst, they are future confederates.
“If these people should come to believe — as Trump would have them believe — that establishment systems have unfairly and conspiratorially acted to remove from office their last and only champion — another thing Trump would have them believe — what will they do?
“What would Trump’s army do if he were compelled to leave but refused to graciously comply?”