I’ve never done a blog post about Donald Trump on Weldon Witness before, primarily because there are other personal things that are better worth my time. However, right now a catastrophe is brewing, and I wanted to write this so I could explain what kind of catastrophe we might have to brace for.
Anyone who follows political news knows the Robert Mueller investigation into Trump ended two days ago when he sent the full document to Attorney General William Barr. And what I have seen since then is speculation turning into a celebration, a celebration that must be stopped.
Some people, especially the long-gone hypnotized Trump supporters, are saying that now that the investigation has “ended” and Trump is still in the White House, that there will be no further indictments. This essentially means, that after two years of careful, ambiguous, pretty-much-invisible investigating on a case that has made history...nothing was found to implicate Trump personally. I know that’s utter garbage; 37 defendants, which included six Trump associates, 26 Russians and three Russian companies, have all been charged. And don’t get me started on Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, who are going to prison, for seven and a half (perhaps more) and three years, respectively. Whereas President Obama didn’t have any workers in his eight-year term charged with crimes. Also, additional investigations, either separate or related to the Mueller probe, are still ongoing by democrats.
But if this ends up being the conclusion, Trump is going to go to his birdcage and tweet an “I told you so” and say something like: “Congress can now confirm, by Rs and Ds alike, that this hoax was a hoax. The enemy of the people (the fake news) are now cowering under their blankies trying to lick their elbows.” Then, if the Democratic nominee tries to call out Trump in the next presidential debates, on being a criminal, Trump will say “I’m still in office, standing right here as President, and after all the hard effort by the blue liars, cough, Mueller, cough, over my entire first term, you came up with nothing to remove me from this microphone”.
Before this weekend, I was worrying about the veto Trump enacted to get the funding for his inflammatory fantasyland wall, and hoping with all my heart it just wouldn’t get built so he wouldn’t have a leg to stand on in the upcoming 2020 election. But with this conclusion, Trump’s built himself a leg made of turpentine and hardened it together with liquid nitrogen. Never mind the fact the report may show financial crimes, discrimination in the workforce, and lying to the courts. If it doesn’t show a collusion, a political crime that messed with the actual vote count, then Trump wins.
And here’s the thing: from what I’ve heard, no one has the full picture yet. This idea of no collusion is not even certain as of right now. But there are so many people treating it like that. People have come to this conclusion that now that the investigation is over (this investigation, anyway) and neither Barr nor anyone from Mueller’s report has immediately gotten Trump summonsed, that there’s nothing found. What I see is an important journalistic process; waiting and researching. I don’t know how big the report was, but there must be tons of info Barr has to look into and decide what to do with it all. When I was in Journalism, there were loads of stories we had to take our time with to make sure we didn’t misquote or misunderstand something.
So now to the point, as to why the whole Mueller report must be made public. Obviously, Mueller’s research was as intricate as ever. He must have looked over every nook and cranny to create undeniable evidence, and preventing anyone outside from knowing of it so there could be no excuses made up beforehand. And everyone is watching, waiting for this report. Once it’s public, everyone’s going to be looking at it. And if there are parts of the report not made public, someone is going to say what’s in it is proof that there either was no collusion, or a pardon for all of Trump’s crimes written in the rest of the report, and that’s why they’re too chicken to release it.
Now, on a separate subject, why do I care about all this? My dad erupts whenever we discuss these sorts of politics, primarily on how much of an idiot Trump is. And there are studies out saying focusing on politics is bad for you. Well, the reason I care about it is mainly two words: the environment. Trump keeps saying climate change is a hoax and is letting polluters get away with poisoning our air, whereas not only have so many other countries clearly gotten their acts together, but some countries like India and The Netherlands are working on banning all gas-powered cars by 2030. I heard we have until then, until 2030, to fix the environment and our ways of life, before a global environmental emergency. I do not want my kids to grow up inhaling smog and drinking unsafe water and thriving on tofu. Not to mention the United States is a huge contributor of pollution, just like China. So not only has Trump been able to do and say all of this, but there are so many people on board with him, and people are starting to get the idea they can get away with things just like him. Trump’s strategies involve scaring people against a bogeyman that’s only stereotyped and not really an impending threat, and denying affiliations in a crime because of a lack of clear evidence, and then when there is, he’ll pin the blame on the other person and a completely irrelevant party. I guess when a president does something, it really is above the law. Or at least when your president is a white/orange fear-mongering spoiled brat with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. If polluters do Trump’s same tactics and they get away with it by hiding behind Fox News and their radical supporters, they’ll suffocate us in smog and drown us in floods while sitting happily in their tanning booths drinking expensive champagne.
Here’s what the United States needs to do, to get rid of the turpentine leg Trump is building himself with the ambiguity of the Mueller report: they need to make the whole thing public, and summons Trump to court where he’ll be under oath. They’ll then have to make him answer for every one of his crimes, in or not in the Mueller probe, just like Paul Manafort was, (a judge has already ruled Trump is not above the law and will go to court if he’s told to) and if there ends up being a riot by his supporters and Fox News, whether the result is prison, impeachment, or money charges, get Trump to either tell them to stop, or ask the people of the U.S. to lock their doors and stay safe. Whatever happens these next few days will affect the rest of Trump’s presidency, and because of the environment and political precedent dangers, they will also affect the next several years, perhaps decades.