President Trump is fantasizing about an authoritarian revolution, again.
During an interview with Reuters, the president mused about the multiple court filings and potentially damaging connections he has with those who are now facing the music for their campaign shenanigans and troublesome foreign contacts.
He began by decrying the payoff of his mistresses, porn star Stormy Daniels, and Playboy model Karen McDougal, as “no big deal.”
I mean, Trump’s former attorney and “fixer,” Michael Cohen is about to go to prison for it, but, sure. Ok. I guess that’s no big deal.
Of course, in the court filings, prosecutors with the Southern District of New York directly implicated the president in what they deem to be campaign finance law violations.
Federal prosecutors in New York said last week that Trump directed Cohen to make six-figure payments to two women so they would not discuss their alleged affairs with the candidate ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
They said the payments violated laws that stipulate that campaign contributions, defined as things of value given to a campaign to influence an election, must be disclosed, and limited to $2,700 per person.
Still, the president feels he did nothing wrong, so he has no fear of legal repercussions, or impeachment.
“It’s hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong and who’s created the greatest economy in the history of our country,” Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview.
This balderdash has become a go-to for Trump, because he knows no one in his camp will question him on it.
We won’t get into discussing the ebb and flow of the economy, the ballooning national debt under Trump, or the markets feeling the pinch from his ill-advised trade wars.
Yes, he’s seen some success, but it’s not the kind of success that can be sustained, given his poor decision making skills.
“I’m not concerned, no. I think that the people would revolt if that happened,” he said.
And there it is.
Now, the argument could be made that President Trump wasn’t actually calling for his MAGA warriors to rise up and commit violence to defend him.
You could make that argument, but it would be out of step with what we’ve already seen from this clod.
During his campaign, he openly encouraged his supporters to “rough up” protesters, and promised that he would pay any legal fees incurred by their actions.
Of course, he did what he always does, there.
Several of his supporters took him at his word and felt he would pay their legal fees, including a then-78 year old man, who sucker punched a protester who was being led out of a Trump rally in North Carolina.
He said he hoped Trump would help him out, but at last check, that legal help never came.
If you need further proof that to support Trump is synonymous with some sort of mental/moral disconnect, this tweet from Trump surrogate and former Milwaukee County sheriff, David A. Clark highlights what I mean.
What's happening in France will look like childs play if the deep state tries to undo the 2016 election by MANUFACTURING a way to remove @realDonaldTrump before 2020.
They are underestimating the resolve of Trump's supporters. Like in France, people will only put up with so much. pic.twitter.com/6begUZacJm
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) December 8, 2018
Trump has further suggested that questioning him or expressing concern over his campaign activities (whether it was buying the silence of mistresses or working with Russians) is the same as “presidential harassment.”
He didn’t seem to feel as strongly when he was pushing the birther conspiracy about President Obama.
Regardless of how you feel about the multiple investigations that surround this administration, Trump’s constant calls of victimhood are absolutely Nixonian.
Suck it up, Donnie. It only gets worse, from here.
His not-so-subtle suggestions to his base, however, are simply reckless.