By some time on Wednesday (our time) we should know if the Tiny Toadstool is going to be impeached. That’s when it is expected the results of the US midterm elections are likely to be known and if the Democrats secure a majority in the House of Reprehensibles then the rest of the Trump era will be tangled in impeachment shenanigans.
Everything is up for grabs, from congressional seats to town ratcatcher, the lollipop monitor at school crossings, mayors and governors.
Trump is coming up with as many “red meat” ideas as he can muster after the untimely distractions of pipe bombs and synagogue shootings. He says he could send up to 15,000 crack troops to the Mexican border to stop the “invasion of the United States” by a caravan of desperate people fleeing Central America. At the moment, the invasion of the poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free is more than 1200 kilometres away.
So much for the “wretched refuse of your teeming shore”.
Then he came up with the idea that he could change the US constitution with his squiggle signature by declaring an end to “birthright citizenship”. The Toadstool is in charge, so never mind the 14th amendment, which says all people born in the US, “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States”.
Was that our very own Jonathan Swan, son of science broadcaster Norman and now with Axios, interviewing Trump about the birthright deal, jabbing his pen and jumping out of his skin with the excitement of his own questions?
Meanwhile, if only there were more people with guns inside that Pittsburgh synagogue then everything would have been okay. Right?
Some electors may think these ideas are untethered from reality, but will there be enough of them to change the course of this demented presidency? Much of the media are exhausted from illuminating the national mayhem and even when things such as Trump’s industrial-scale tax cheating are exposed, citizens just shrug. So what?
All that the man in the White House has to offer is fear. As veteran reporter Bob Woodward reminds us in his book of the same name, Trump said while running for office: “Real power is, I don’t
• even want to use the word: ‘Fear.’”