Will Donald Trump make it through his first term? | The Tylt
Will Donald Trump make it through his first term?
For months, skeptics have dismissed Trump's ties to Russia as circumstantial—all smoke, no fire. Then, Trump informed Lester Holt on national television that the FBI's ongoing investigation into his campaign ties with Russia loomed large in his mind when he fired Comey. The former FBI director also wrote in a memo the president asked him personally to end the investigation.
But just in terms of logistics, it's really hard to impeach a president—which is why it's only happened twice. The Republican-dominated Congress would have to start impeachment proceedings, and political observers doubt the GOP has the backbone to kick Trump out of office. Republican lawmakers keep talking about how "troubling" the allegations against the president are, but that's as far as they've gone.
Even members of Trump's own White House staff agree—this latest bombshell could be the tipping point for Trump.
“This is now a consistent pattern of obstruction [of justice] by the President,” said Clint Watts, a former FBI special agent and Daily Beast contributor. “The loyalty oath dinner, the request to squash the Flynn investigation and Comey’s firing over Russia all point to a President Trump who has no respect for the rule of law, and doesn’t realize that he should not run the country the way he ran his businesses.”
How many times did the mainstream media and every pundit in America say Trump would never win the election? He's disproven conventional wisdom time and time again, and done things his own way. Predictions, polls, and precedents are all useful—but as Trump's campaign proved, you can't use the past to predict the future of a Trump presidency.