Trump Waves His Iron Fist of Rule

Trump Waves His Iron Fist of Rule April 22, 2019

He just can’t help himself, can he?

With special counsel Robert Mueller’s report released, it has done nothing to ease the tensions between competing sides on the issue of Russian interference in the 2016 election, or the Trump campaign team’s possible connection to those Russian efforts.

In fact, Mr. Mueller left much up to the interpretation of Congress. This has caused no small amount of distress for those who wanted to see him come down firmly on the side of “guilty” or “not guilty.”

Meanwhile, President Trump’s defenders continue to crow that the report completely exonerates him.

Even the most cursory look over the report disputes that.

Regardless, Trump walks away from this, tattered and battle-worn, but at least the military police will not be dragging him from the White House in chains. It’s a win he should claim and just pipe down about.

But this is Donald Trump. He is not a wise man.

Trump has continued to rage and lash out at the content of the report. He has whined incessantly about the language in the report, obviously not feeling – in spite of previous declarations of complete exoneration – that he is, in fact, completely exonerated.

That’s because he’s not.

As has been pointed out, previously, what Mueller and his team could not determine, conclusively, about conspiracy, or multiple attempts to obstruct the investigation, he largely left open to Congress to determine the next steps.

What may be burning up the Tweeter-in-Chief most today, however, is the suggestion within the second volume of Mueller’s report that outright obstruction was prevented, due to those on the president’s staff who refused to carry out his outlandish requests.

Included in Mueller’s report:

“The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests,” the report reads.

One for instance would be White House counsel Don McGahn’s refusal to instruct Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to declare Robert Mueller “conflicted” and to fire him.

It freaked McGahn out, and though he told Trump he’d see what he could do, he did nothing. He knew how badly that would have ended up for everyone.

Likewise, he appealed to his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, to carry a message to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He wanted him to publicly announce how “unfair” the investigation was to the president, and to call for a meeting with Mueller, where he would tell him he was allowed to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, but nothing more.

Lewandowski is a rabid Trumpster, but not that rabid. Even he felt uncomfortable with the request, so he passed it on to a senior White House official, Rick Dearborn.

Dearborn, likewise, chose to ignore the request.

Those are only a couple of examples.

Trump is his own worst enemy. He doesn’t even understand that these people did him a favor.

His ego will likely be his downfall.

While addressing the press today, the president channeled his inner-Mussolini.

When it was presented to him that the Mueller report indicated that staffers spared him from an obstruction charge by not carrying out his requests, his response was all bluster, no brains.

“Nobody disobeys my orders,” Trump told reporters outside of the White House at Monday’s Easter Egg Roll.

That’s right, folks. He totally could have obstructed, if he wanted to, because his minions are loyal!

Such language does not make him appear tough. It makes him appear petty, and like a would-be tyrant.

For now, we’ll have to watch the legal wrangling of Congress, with Democrats digging in and looking for any new angle they can grab to topple Trump.

With that in mind, however, it should be noted that if he continues with the same attitude, he’ll likely give them plenty to work with before 2020.

 

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  • Michael Weyer

    It’s been said so many times before but it bears true: Trump is a weak person’s idea of what a tough person is like, a dumb person’s idea of a genius and a moron’s version of a great President.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I like that turn of phrase. So true on so many levels – and yet concise.

  • Michael Weyer

    I’ve been seeing it so many places in the last three years. And when you see how his cultists insist he’s this brilliant chessmaster dealmaker who’s brought new respect to the U.S., it’s just proven more true.

    One of my favorites is still when he boasted on how “I’d have gone into Parkland alone to stop the shooter.” This from a man who was openly terrified of someone at a rally coming up to him with a sign.

    Or the beautiful line from his cultists in England visit on “look at that, the Queen is so intimidated by Trump.” Ignoring how this is a woman who drove ambulances during the Blitz, Trump is the 12th President since Elizabeth took the throne and she’s outlived seven of them.

  • Michael Weyer

    Quick quibble: Can you really “wave an iron fist” with hands that small?

  • IllinoisPatriot

    The fist he’s waving is on the end of his scepter/staff – a scepter that has a REALLY small diameter specifically designed for his small hands. Consequently (and as compensation), the fist on the end is outsized which he uses as a club to try to intimidate the weak-minded…..

  • Mother124

    Nobody disobeys my orders.– Donald Trump

    Being powerful is like being a lady: if you have to say you are, you aren’t. – Margaret Thatcher

  • Mother124
  • chemical

    A poor person’s idea of a rich person.

  • chemical

    Mueller report:

    “The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests,” the report reads.

    This is a fancy way of saying he’s guilty of attempted obstruction of justice.

  • Annemarie

    Yes, very true.

    I tried to answer a long reply from you last month to something I asked, but it got marked as spam. Sorry! I don’t want you to think I’m ignoring your answer,.which was very thought-provoking. Technology, sigh.

  • mersey

    Well, the weak, the dumb and morons need representation too! And in 2019, the Republican party is a safe haven for this ilk.

  • Stephen

    Absolutely true.

  • Stephen

    A good part of real power is the ability to persuade. Yes Trump is a con artist. But that only works until the hook is set. When hurt most people ultimately figure it out. To really lead you have to find interest that binds people and make sure your whole coalition benefits from where you are leading them.

  • chemical

    One of my favorites is still when he boasted on how “I’d have gone into Parkland alone to stop the shooter.” This from a man who was openly terrified of someone at a rally coming up to him with a sign.

    And got his rich father to get him out of the draft. And claimed avoiding STDs was “his own personal Vietnam”. Not that I rose to the rank of General while I was in the military, but I’m pretty sure there are a few differences between chasing questionable women and getting into a gunfight in the middle of a jungle.

  • Ellen Elmore

    There is no doubt that the Tweeter in Chief is also a Dictator in Chief. Thankfully his “subjects” were smart enough not to follow orders. If nobody disobeys Trump’s orders, then why wasn’t Mueller fired right away?

  • JASmius

    The “nobody disobeys my orders” reply was simple ego reflex. For those who want to invest the time in psychological spelunking, it certainly never occurs to him that any of his boot-licking underlings would ever not carry out every last one of his crazy diktats, so when reports come out about just that, as in Mueller’s report, he just ignores them as (you guessed it) “fake news”. Although it is worth noting that most or all of those in said report who ignored his obstruction orders are no longer in the White House, so we can assume that such orders are now being carried out. Just look at Bill Barr, for heaven’s sake.

    As to “Democrats digging in and looking for any new angle they can grab to topple Trump,” they’re certainly “digging in” to the parts of the report they can actually see, but they don’t need any “new angles”, and the stage we’ve entered is not about “toppling” Trump, but investigating and publicizing it. And looky who Nadler’s first witness will be to testify before the House Judiciary Committee: Don McGhan, the ex-White House counsel who disobeyed Trump’s “crazy [BLEEP]” order to tell Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

    Don’t unbuckle folks, because as Neal Katyal said Churchillianly the other day, “This isn’t the beginning of the end, it’s the end of the beginning”.

  • Rick

    I just have to correct something you wrote. You said, re: Lewindowski meeting with Sessions… “where he would tell him he was allowed to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, but nothing more.”

    They were (are) investigating 2016, which is why Trump’s off the hook. From the report…

    On June 19, 20 17,
    the President met one-on-one with Corey Lewandowski in the Oval Office and dictated a message
    to be delivered to Attorney General Sessions that would have had the effect of limiting the Russia
    investigation to future election interference only.

    As to the rest of the article. Yep.

  • captcrisis

    So why did Session recuse himself?

  • Rick

    As part of the transition team, he had a serious conflict of interest. According to DOJ ethics, he had no choice but to recuse.

    I’ll add, DOJ ethics have since been tossed into the trashcan.