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The Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump: Hoisted by his Own Petard -- The Briefest of Histories

Steven Jonas
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Dateline: Sometime in the summer of 2017

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As is well known, even after the Great Rearrangement of Trump (not of his hair, but of his outward persona) that took place in August of 2016, there was little expectation that Mr. Trump would be able to win the Presidency. The list of his political peccadilloes had grown to be endless. Chris Hayes, a political commentator for MSNBC, kept a list of the "Last Ten Trump" gaffs, blunders, political wall-bangers and what have you. Hayes characterized them as "Things Trump Has Done That Would Have Ended Any Other Campaign." However, shortly after the "Gold-Star mothers/Nazr Khan/relations with the Russians" debacles of late July, there came to be a huge gathering of campaign staff, RNC staff, and perhaps most importantly, family. After what was by all accounts a very intense weekend, Trump's behavior slowly began to change.

Of course, no one knows to date exactly what went on in the series of meetings, with and without the candidate, that were held. As is well-known, the best guess to date as to what went on goes something like this: First, it was established that Mr. Trump really did want to be President, not just look towards raking in the millions that would come from his next book, win or lose. Second, family members finally got him to pay attention to the "behavioral concerns" that concerned everyone else in the room. Third, and this is only on speculation of the most speculative kind, it is possible that Mr. Trump, because he really did want to be President, agreed to go on medication.

Whatever it was, his behavior did change. But his standing in the polls didn't. He had already done so much damage to himself, that only his "base" that had gathered around him from the early days of the Republican primaries, continued to stand by him. The process remained the same. Regardless of what he did or had done, regardless of how many lies he told (and that did not stop with the "new Trump") his acolytes stood by him. Trump proved at that time, that for a significant minority of U.S., race trumps everything. And -- and it was a big "and" -- big GOP money finally started rolling in (except for, for some reason, that of the Kochs).

But then came the "race riots" around the country of early October followed by the apparently coordinated terrorist attacks of mid-October that took a death toll surpassing that of 9/11. Like the latter event, right from the outset, there were strong suspicions of "false flags" behind both sets of disasters. Nothing has been proven to date, and it might never be. After all, 15 years after 9/11, even with the release of the famous "28 pages," although the circumstantial evidence ring grew tighter and tighter, nothing had been proven conclusively by that time. But, false flag or no, Donald Trump rolled into the Presidency.

The Republican Establishment, even those who had stood to the side, or perhaps just a bit to the side, were thrilled. Trump or no. On meds or no, they had gotten what they were primarily after in the election: control of the Supreme Court, the decimation of all Federal regulatory programs as fast as that could be accomplished, further tax cuts for the rich, further destruction of the U.S.'s pitiable "safety net," from Social Security to Medicaid, a rapid increase in the already bloated but oh-so-profitable levels of spending for the Military-Industrial Complex, the end of ANY action on global warming and so on and so forth. Of course with the Trump win, the Republicans actually not only strengthened their House majority but their one in the Senate too.

In rapid succession Mitch McConnell ended the filibuster and got the "Scalia Seat" filled with a judge who made Chief Justice Roberts look like a "flaming liberal." Obama Care was repealed on Congress' first day, and the Ryan "Poverty Plan," actually a plan to increase it, started making its way through the committee structure. Huge authorizations for an increase in military spending were put through, as the U.S. increased the multiplier in that regard for which it stands in reference to the military spending of all the other countries. And so on and so forth.

But then came the cropper, or croppers, that led to President Trump's demise. Medication or no. "Calming down" or no. Trump began to move, to the extent that he could from the Oval Office, on two of his primary themes: "ending free trade" (and with it the free export of U.S. capital, the chief goal of the U.S. ruling class) and vastly diminishing the U.S. overseas military commitments, especially when it came to NATO. Neither of these could the U.S. ruling class possibly abide, for reasons that are very well-known. Trump was counseled on the issues. He was pleaded with. Demands were put on him; deals were offered. But he wouldn't budge. "This is what I promised and promises I keep" (an ironic statement giving his business dealings, but that is another story.)

And so, he had to be gotten rid of. But how (other than the old-fashioned way?) It proved to be surprisingly simple. One of Trump's first personal actions was to reach down into the bureaucracy and appoint a new Director of the Internal Revenue Service, for he intended to use it for political/revenge/repressive purposes, just as it had been used against, for example, during the McCarthy Period the Progressive Party's candidate in the 1952 elections, the labor lawyer Vincent Hallinan. That Director was personally loyal to Trump, but in the wave of new senior managers who were quickly brought in, there was at least one who wasn't. And so, Mr. Trump's income tax records, which he had never opened for public inspection, either before or after the Election, found their way into the hands of Trump's ruling class enemies. The record/indications of both criminal and civil fraudulent activity was beyond anyone's imagination.

The material was made public like a slow flow of water. Mr. Trump refused to resign. Since most members of Congress were bought and paid for by the ruling class, his programs which so troubled the ruling class were conveniently held up in that body. The impeachment proceedings were started forthwith, however, led in the House by Pretty Boy Ryan and in the Senate by Never-Made-it-to-Admiral-did-he John McCain. They went pretty quickly (details to follow, anon). And the ruling class was again firmly in the cat-bird seat.

And so, Trump did make it to the Presidency, although under suspicious circumstances. With him, the ruling class was able to achieve its major domestic priorities, starting with massive de-regulation in all spheres of governmental and private sector activity. And then with him too, they achieved even further increases in the already massively bloated military-industrial complex, which just happens to be the mainstay both of the U.S. economy and of ruling class profits. But then there was the threat to the ruling class' foreign policy, based first and foremost on military strength, and projecting it around the world. And so, Trump had to go.

The pathway for discarding Trump was made that much easier because the Vice-President was Mike Pence. Pence had actually begun separating himself from Trump as early as August, 2016, on the issues of Trump's attack on the Khan family, to some extent on foreign policy, and on endorsing Pretty Boy Ryan in his primary. Trump refused to do so; Pence did. He, a hard-line politico-economic Rightist and a Religious Reconstructionist to boot, is the ideal occupant of the White House, for the U.S. ruling class. And Pence made his V-P pick very quickly: of course it was the ruling class favorite, Pretty Boy Ryan.

It was a marvelous irony, was it not, that they achieved the objective of getting rid of Trump by getting to the tax returns that he had indeed very good reasons for not wanting to be made public, while at the same time he was using the Internal Revenue Service to pursue personal objectives against others. Indeed, hoisted by his own petard he was.

A version of this article appears on Greanville Post.
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Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS is a Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine at StonyBrookMedicine (NY). As well as having been a regular political columnist on several national websites for over 20 years, he is the author/co-author/editor/co-editor of 37 books Currently, on the columns side, in addition to his position on OpEdNews as a Trusted Author, he is a regular contributor to From The G-Man.  In the past he has been a contributor to, among other publications, The Greanville PostThe Planetary Movement, and Buzzflash.com.  He was also a triathlete for 37 seasons, doing over 250 multi-sport races.  Among his 37 books (from the late 1970s, mainly in the health, sports, and health care organization fields) are, on politics: The 15% Solution: How the Republican Religious Right Took Control of the U.S., 1981-2022; A Futuristic Novel (originally published 1996; the 3rd version was published by Trepper & Katz Impact Books, Punto Press Publishing, 2013, Brewster, NY, sadly beginning to come true, advertised on OpEdNews and available on  (more...)

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