Let’s think about this one

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You would think Pres­i­dent Trump is in a lot of trou­ble. It seems every day re­veals more lies, more dis­plays of thug­gish be­hav­ior, more rounds of child­ish tweets, more name-calling and more ev­i­dence of cheat­ing.

You would think, if Trump knew he was in­no­cent of any wrong­do­ing, that he would hap­pily go along with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. His ac­tions and words, how­ever, are those of a guilty per­son des­per­ate to di­vert the spot­light away from facts that may in­dict him. Trump’s own lawyer, Michael Co­hen, stated un­der oath that Trump di­rected him to make pay­ments to two women for their si­lence. This was done for the pur­pose of in­flu­enc­ing the 2016 election. If true, then Trump broke cam­paign fi­nance laws, which would make him a crim­i­nal.

You would think that this would spell the end of his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer. It cer­tainly would for any­one else. But Trump is dif­fer­ent. Most everyone, in­clud­ing his sup­port­ers, knows that Don­ald Trump is not a de­cent per­son. Some may pub­licly de­bate that he has done noth­ing wrong, but in the back of our brains, yeah, we know he did those things. Where there is smoke, there is fire, and so forth.

You would think, with the loom­ing takeover of the House by Democrats, that Trump would be worried about im­peach­ment. I think he is not. Nar­cis­sism won’t al­low that thought to take shape in his mind. Those who are against him are no match for his brutish force of per­son­al­ity. His tribal base, more in­ter­ested in “win­ning” than gov­ern­ing, will carry him through.

You would think that good peo­ple would fi­nally get fed up and not take it any­more. But, no, the con­stant me­dia at­ten­tion of his an­tics has de­sen­si­tized the pub­lic. We can only be shocked so many times. He lies. He cheated stu­dents out of an ed­u­ca­tion at Trump Univer­sity. Con­trac­tors have ac­cused him of cheat­ing them out of pay­ment for ser­vices. He cheated on all of his wives. He cheats at golf. But, then, everyone cheats, right?

You would think we would be ap­palled by the lack of pol­ished speak­ing from our cur­rent pres­i­dent. So what if his vo­cab­u­lary is at the sixth-grade level? He says what “nor­mal” peo­ple are think­ing, even though they won’t ad­mit to hav­ing those thoughts. Words don’t re­ally mat­ter, right? Ex­cept for those times stocks have risen or fallen based on a com­ment or tweet made by Trump, or a coun­try changes its trade pol­icy based on his un­hinged com­ments.

You would think the com­ing elec­tions could change things for the bet­ter. Re­ally? Let us spec­u­late. As­sume the House goes to the Democrats this Novem­ber. With a ma­jor­ity they can bring charges for im­peach­ment. How­ever, it would take a twothirds ma­jor­ity vote in the Se­nate to ac­tu­ally re­move Trump from of­fice, and the votes aren’t there for that to hap­pen. Repub­li­cans have shown very lit­tle in­cli­na­tion to stand up to Trump, and so any im­peach­ment vote will die in the Se­nate. But what

about the 2020 election? Do you hon­estly think the elec­torate will even re­mem­ber or care what hap­pened in 2018? Chances are good that the Democrats will put up a can­di­date that will once again un­der­es­ti­mate Trump and be de­feated in the Elec­toral Col­lege. Any chance of charges be­ing filed against Trump once he is out of of­fice in 2025? Well, he could find a rea­son to “re­tire” in 2024 and the Vice Pres­i­dent then be­comes Pres­i­dent. The new Pres­i­dent then is­sues a full par­don to Trump.

Trump goes back to New York and re­sumes his good life once again.

You would think we should know bet­ter. All of this hap­pened be­cause politi­cians from both par­ties un­der­es­ti­mated the anger of the elec­torate in 2016. Per­haps enough “out­side” so­cial me­dia in­ter­fer­ence oc­curred to cause 77,000 vot­ers in Wis­con­sin, Michi­gan and Penn­syl­va­nia to hand Trump an Elec­toral Col­lege win. What do you think now? — Devin Hous­ton is the pres­i­dent/CEO of Hous­ton En­zymes. Send com­ments or ques­tions to devin.hous­ton@ gmail.com. The opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the au­thor.

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