The cover of TIME magazine depicts Donald Trump painting himself into a corner, which is a pretty apt way to visualize the president’s current predicament.
Having made enough enemies to fill a Rolodex, and having inexplicably decided to release the evidence of his latest attempt to invite a foreign government to interfere with a US presidential election, Trump has forced Democrats to launch a formal impeachment inquiry, despite Nancy Pelosi being famously reluctant to go that route.
Over the past 72 or so hours, Trump appears to have realized that releasing a reconstructed version of his July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky was a potentially disastrous miscalculation, as it backed up the allegations in the whistle-blower complaint. Now, Trump has seemingly decided that the only way to save himself is to execute “spies” and arrest Democrats for treason. (It’s funny, but it’s not funny – much like this whole presidency.)
The only way this doesn’t end in Trump banning the Democratic party, “disappearing” the “spies” and rounding up the “traitors” for sham trials presided over by an intoxicated Brett Kavanaugh, is if Mitch McConnell steps in to save the day for the White House averting the “civil war” conditions Trump suggested on Sunday might be in the offing.
Unfortunately, Mitch doesn’t sound like he’s going to be much help this time around.
“I would have no choice but to take it up”, McConnell told CNBC on Monday, asked whether there was any way he could avoid moving ahead with impeachment if the House so votes.
“How long you are on it is a different matter, but I would have no choice but to take it up based on a Senate rule on impeachment”, he reiterated, employing his signature deadpan.
So, that’s that, apparently. Because in all likelihood, the House will eventually get to a full chamber vote.
McConnell wouldn’t specifically address Trump’s dozens of foreboding tweets sent out in maniacal bursts over the past two days.
Needless to say, it seems highly unlikely that this president will sit idly by as the process moves along. The only question is what lengths Trump is willing to go to in order to stymie it.