You’ve probably already seen this, but a short while back Alan J. Steinberg, a former Bush advisor, wrote an oped piece in which he suggested Trump would resign at some point in 2019. Steinberg argued that, eventually, so much evidence of Trump’s wrong-doing would appear, and with a Democratic House to boot, he’d have the choice of impeachment or resignation.
And, says Steinberg, that means Trump will pick the latter: “… the self-professed supreme dealmaker will use his presidency as a bargaining chip with federal and state authorities in 2019, agreeing to leave office in exchange for the relevant authorities not pursuing criminal charges against him, his children or the Trump Organization.”
I certainly hope that Mr. Steinberg is right. While the heart warms to the idea of Trump in an orange jump suit (matching his hair) and doing hard time for his crimes against the nation, still, impeachment and trial would be a long, painful process for the country. It would be better for everyone if Trump just faded away…or, better yet, took up residence in some distant land. Trump Tower Moscow, perhaps, where he’d have friends.
Still, I must confess I’m not optimistic on this one. I just can’t envision Trump admitting his weakness. He is too much the morbid narcissist to know when he is beaten, or cut and run when the odds are overwhelmingly against him.
I pray that I’m wrong. I hope that either he’s smarter than I think, or that perhaps someone around him (his children?) will guide him toward quiet withdrawal.
But, deep down, I fear…
We will only see the back of him when they put him in handcuffs, and drag him away.