Certainly it would be nice to believe this:
I still believe (and pray) Trump will resign by year end to avoid worse humiliation - e.g.indictment by Mueller, or 25th amendment removal.
— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) October 12, 2017
Unfortunately, experts are saying no.
Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and writer Jeffrey Toobin were interviewed at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on October 7:
“I don’t think it’s going to happen,” Toobin said in answer to a question from his audience. Bharara was no more soothing.
“People should get used to the idea that Donald Trump is going to be president of the United States through his first term most likely,” said Bharara, who was fired by Trump after refusing to return the president’s phone call because he saw such interaction as an ethical problem.
“I think it would be more useful for people to focus … on ways to counteract the policies they disagree with, assuming he's going to be in office,” Bharara added, “rather than this wishful thinking that something's going to drop from the heavens to remove him.”
One issue that is not being speculated about is how the Republican party has morphed from conservatism to the party of white nationalism. Steve Bannon makes no bones about this, he has always linked economic nationalism to white nationalism. That’s how he’s gotten this far and why we’re in the mess that we’re in. American Prospect:
And Trump has been served notice by Bannon that he dare not stray too far from the white nationalists whom Bannon has courted in his once and present guise of chief executive of the Breitbart.com hate site. In Alabama’s special Senate election, Trump endorsed the incumbent Luther Strange in the GOP primary, only to have Bannon back a primary challenge to Strange from Roy Moore, the theocratic, Constitution-flouting former chief justice of the state Supreme Court. Moore stomped Trump’s candidate to bits. Trump promptly deleted all of his tweets endorsing Strange. Trump hates to lose. He won’t make that mistake again.
“We are a divided country,” said Carl Bernstein to an audience gathered on October 6 at a theater in Chelsea for a panel titled “All the President’s Reporters.”
“We are in the state of a cold civil war in this country,” Bernstein explained. “It is absolutely unprecedented to have a president of the United States who lies about damn near everything as this president does. And, yet, that does not disturb a big part of the citizenry.”
It doesn’t disturb a big part of the citizenry because they’re busy listening to Fox News, InfoWars, Drudge Report, what have you. The primary battle in this country is the War on Truth. There are major media outlets, accessible to one and all, who literally are publishing diametrically opposed accounts of exactly the same incident, the bungled aid to Puerto Rico being the perfect example. The very concepts of fact and opinion have been merged, critical thinking has been thrown out the window, and hyperbole and propaganda are now rampant as government agencies like FEMA worry more about driving a narrative about their efficiency than actually doing their job and saving lives.
We are in this boat because what happened in the 2016 election is that a third party candidate won the election. The third party is the White Nationalist Party, formerly a fringe element of the GOP, but now it’s face. The WNP, and they might as well just come out and identify themselves openly, is composed of the Nazis, the KKK, and the religious fanatics who label themselves as evangelicals/fundamentalists. When Donald Trump says “my people” this is who he is talking about.
The party of conservatism allowed itself to be subsumed and superseded by the party of white nationalism, plain and simple. This has been building for some time and Trump was there at the right place at the right time to pitch a bogus-populist message, pull a lot of emotional triggers, and awaken the dormant monsters of racism, misogyny, and xenophobia in general, as expressed by anti-globalism bunk.
The white nationalists have more power than they’ve ever had and they’re drunk with vainglory. Now their poster child is none other than fundamentalist secessionist Roy Moore. They’re hoping to put more of his ilk in power. Even Blackwater mercenary Erik Prince wants to run for the Senate. He’s trying to meet residency requirements in Wyoming to see if he can topple the GOP incumbent in a primary.
There is a war being waged within the GOP, between the establishment GOP and Steve Bannon’s new GOP, which is sometimes referred to as the New Right. Disinformation and tapping into primal fears and ingrained prejudices are Bannon’s main tools to rally the troops. The Grand Old Party is closer to the verge of collapse than it has been since the Whigs were taken over by the now-Republican party and the Whigs officially became the Republicans. While the GOP collapsing is not an idea that normally would upset any Democrat the concept of the New Right, white nationalist party being the face of the GOP has been nothing less than horrifying so far. Steve Bannon is going to push white nationalism to the limit.
The election of Donald Trump represents a bloodless coup by third party fringe groups. Maybe he will resign to avoid worse things. One thing is certain, Trump hates to fail and when pushed to the wall before he has suddenly cut and run, declaring bankruptcy and disappearing. Maybe he’ll do that this time as well. Or maybe the mainstream Republicans such as Corker and Sasse, who have been speaking up recently, will get the reins of power back to where it belongs in the party. It’s in their best interests to do so, perhaps that is what will happen. Or perhaps firebrand revolutionary Steve Bannon will emerge as the winner of this cultural war, this War on Truth, and if that’s the case, Orwell’s “1984” will become our new playbook, if it hasn’t already.