Even though I have a different "theory," I have not read any explanation for the behavior of President Trumpand his followersas deep and as comprehensive as Carl Gustin's in the Gloucester Daily Times of October 2, 2020.
Others may have voiced the same theory with the same consistency.
Mr. Gustin, a lifelong Republican, has told us that President Trump felt victimized from day one of his presidency. Instead of exulting that he had become President of the United States, he wallowed in the field of victimhood. He believed that he was the victim of the Left.
How can that ever possibly be?
He looked over his shoulders while swearing the oath of allegiance, saw a smaller crowd than that gathered for President Obama, and found confirmation of his suspicion: The Left was out to get him.
Hence, he wants to have final victory over the "Left" by pursuing very un-American acts: arrest President Obama, arrest Vice President Biden (who happens to be his present winning political opponent), arrest even his previous opponent, Secretary Clinton. Nice. Scorched Earth Politics; ultimate autocratic acts.
All the ensuing actions of President Trump unfurl from that suspicion: the Left is so succeeding in getting him that his standing is sinking in the polls. It is all clear now.
Mr. Gustin concludes ""keep an eye on Senate Republicans""
Allow me to pick up from there. I have been for some time anxiously waiting for Five Brave Republican Senators to ask: What does it take to stop the destructive impulses of this President?
As widely recognized, Donald Trump is a bully. As I have pointed out in a book now translated in eight foreign languages, a bully is unable to stop himselfor, sadly, herself. A bully must be stopped by others.
The Framers of the Constitution foresaw the need to remove a bully, someone they called a despot and established the impeachment procedure. Last winter, we pursued this avenue, but Republican Senators, with just one partial exception, opted to favor party over nation.
A similar measure, the 25th Amendment, is unlikely to be called into action. It was designed for a physical or mental debilitation of the President, not for moral (and political) debilitation. Worse still, members of Donald Trump's Administration, for whatever good reason, have facilitated the actions of the President; they are not likely to admit their own errors.
Members of the Trump Administration are not likely to spring the 25th Amendment into action.
What is left, then? The best is leftif we recognize that President Trump, for many reasons, is a national security threat, as it can be easily demonstrated:
· He is a menace to the existence of our Republic: He is fomenting a civil war to preserve his power; he is bankrupting our nation; he is in substantial financial debt, maybe to foreign nations and foreign nationalsto whom he may be passing national security secrets;
· He is a menace to our foreign relations: He favors our enemies; he punishes our friends; he loses tariff wars by inflicting financial losses on farmers, fishermen, taxpayers, and consumers;
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