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An Open Letter to Donald Trump's Congressional Sycophants on the Sad Fate that Awaits You When His Presidency Ends

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Dear Sycophants:

Donald Trump will exit the White House sooner or later. And once out of power he will be of no use to you and you will be of no use to him. The floodgates that have been protecting him will open and a tsunami of honest assessments of Trump--and the dangers he posed to a rational world order--will pour in from all over the globe. Past leaks tell us we can also expect revelations and exposes of Donald Trump's frightening and dangerous behaviors and actions from his appointees, White House staff members and insiders--behaviors and actions they strived to contain and subvert . The full details will stun the nation.

That's when you will launch your lifelong campaigns to deny that you were ardent soldiers in Donald Trump's sycophant brigade.

In true Trump fashion, many of you will claim you barely knew the man. And surely Trump will claim the same about you--"I hardly knew them, never liked them, and heard they were bad people." It should come as no surprise that he will turn vicious as you distance yourself from him.

Keep in mind too that Donald Trump and others in his Administration are almost certain to be indicted by federal and state prosecutors who have investigated his financial dealings.

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's lawyer--called his "fixer"--pleaded guilty to eight counts of financial crimes and was sentenced to three years in prison. Donald Trump was clearly the person called "individual 1, an "unindicted co-conspirator" in the charge of campaign finance violation in payoffs to two women who alleged sexual affairs with him. Will the prosecutors forget that? I don't think so.

Some legal experts believe that indictments are in envelopes ready to be served as soon as Donald Trump is out of office and thus unprotected by presumed presidential immunity. An indictment while in office would have been subjected to court challenges that would have dragged on for his entire presidency. But private citizen Trump will no longer have that escape hatch. Consequently, he may spend the rest of his life fighting indictments and convictions from his gilded settings in Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago or from a drab prison library.

Sycophants: You might ask yourself "Why should I care about this president's future fate?" The answer should be obvious. Your blind allegiance to him during his presidency will forever taint your own reputations and legacies. You will realize that your short-term gain has dissolved into long-term shame. And Donald Trump's fall to pariah status will hamper your efforts at redemption.

Your Short-term gain will also be upended when Donald Trump's tax returns are finally opened for public viewing, as they will, sooner or later. When that happens, long-term "shame on you" will be the public outcry.

Can there be any doubt that Donald Trump is hiding something when he pulls every trick to prevent efforts to gain access to his tax returns, even denying Congress their legal right to see those returns? More astonishing, he has recruited Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, Attorney General William P. Barr, and YOU congressional sycophants to conspire in hiding his tax returns. You have aided him by falsely claiming he has the right to withhold his returns and by not joining Democrats and the public in demanding the release of his returns.

Your actions, Sycophants, say: "We have to help him conceal his tax returns because if, as we suspect, they reveal crimes and unethical practices we could lose him as an asset for our agenda and, more important, for our re-elections. It could all be over if his returns expose money laundering, loans from shady characters and foreign governments, which could render him vulnerable to blackmail. His returns might also reinforce his well-known stinginess when it comes to charity. And what if billionaire Warren Buffett is correct when he asserts that Donald Trump's failures and bankruptcies were due to his businesses being over-leveraged, meaning that he borrowed too much money. As Buffett suggests, Trump may have massive debts. Is it possible that far from being a billionaire or even a millionaire, he might be technically bankrupt? We know for sure that if there were anything to be proud of in his tax returns we would see it in skywriting."

So, you know he's hiding bad things. But for personal gain, you conspire in this cover-up. Do you think others don't see through this transparent scheme?

It doesn't require the clairvoyance of Nostradamus to see the fate that awaits you. You can't envision your future because you are still high on the aphrodisiac of power. But once Trump's presidency ends that power will be gone. There will be no more staged rallies to trash political enemies and confuse the public; no televised Congressional hearings where you can grandstand and distract; Fox News will surely seek distance from the Trump administration and his embarrassing tweets and crude slanders in order to salvage some degree of credibility. Even white Evangelicals, your former solid base, are likely to abandon you as they scramble to find God again and fend off charges of anti-Christ behavior for their unwavering support of a president who violated all their moral principles--a man who was never seen in a church reading from a prayer book and only worships in his private sanctuary: Our Lady of the Holy Fast Buck.

Perhaps your destiny is forecast by evangelical Mark Galli in his editorial in Christianity Today on December 19, 2019, that denounces Donald Trump and calls for his removal from office. Can denouncement of his co-conspirators--his sycophants--be far behind?

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