By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
After nearly two years of investigations into the attempt by the Russians to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections, which includes thousands of subpoenas, thousands of interviews, dozens of indictments, prison time and pending prison time for Donald Trump’s acolytes, the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller has officially been released to the public.
But, after all the anticipation, at the end of the day did it really reveal anything we didn’t already know about the 45th president of the United States?
Mueller’s report is clarion affirmation of the founders’ gravest fears connected to the executive branch of government; Trump is the least curious (stupidest), laziest, most corrupt, least veracious man to ever occupy the Oval Office. His presidency is the ongoing narrative of the perennial man in way over his head.
Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)
The Mueller Report is a granular roadmap of Trump administration graft, incompetence and dysfunction; it describes in great detail Trump’s efforts to break the law, coerce and bully in an effort to conceal what all of us know (although his supporters will never admit): his is an illegitimate presidency. Simply stated, the Russians wanted Trump to be president, the president’s spirit animal (and handler) Vladimir Putin admitted that publicly. And legions of Russian trolls worked zealously to tip the balance and the Electoral College to the most unqualified major party nominee for president in this country’s history. Despite the parameters of the investigation, which constrained Mueller’s ability to indict Trump, or to even suggest that he should be indicted, it seems clear Mueller intended for the fate of the lawless 45th president be left in the hands of the Congress. But, it is also clear to myriad legal minds and political observers the evidence the venerated law man laid out in painstaking detail exceeds the evidence of “high crimes and misdemeanors” (specifically the report outlines several instances of felony obstruction of justice) compiled during the Watergate scandal, which led to the resignation of the 37th President Richard M. Nixon, pre-empting what would have surely been his impeachment.
To quote Trump himself from Mueller’s report, “This is the end of my presidency. I’m f—–.”
But, in his moment of sheer terror, Trump could not predict his fate would be left in the hands of a Democratically controlled House of Representatives apparently more terrorized by the specter of what happened when the GOP controlled House began the impeachment of Bill Clinton in December 1998.
The Senate, which was controlled by the Democrats, failed to convict Clinton on two charges–perjury and obstruction of justice, both connected to his extramarital affair with a White House intern. Clinton subsequently rode the wave of resentment by the majority of the country, which saw the actions of the Republicans as partisan and ultra-petty, to a 60 percent approval rating.
But, the crimes of Donald Trump absolutely pale in comparison to Clinton’s marital transgressions; it’s like comparing one apple to 50 oranges. To say if Trump is impeached there will be a backlash throughout middle America against what Trump moronically refers to as “presidential harassment,” and he will automatically be re-elected is naive at best.
But, while the Democrats ring their hands over whether to impeach, or not to impeach Trump (given the evidence produced by Mueller, Congress will sherk its Constitutional duty if they don’t impeach this unhinged president), there is a sinister bottom line Democrats and Republicans grapple with beyond the obvious political machinations.
Both Democrats and Republicans really fear the roughly 30 percent of the country, which identifies with Trump’s White nationalist mores, his unshakeable alabaster base. And ultimately, they fear an additional large swath of White America will opt for Whiteness over country and ride with Trump no matter what. Inherent in there blind loyalty is a willingness to fight for their White president. And when I say fight, I mean go to war.
A veteran member of Congress told me to my face that there was great anxiety gripping this member and their colleagues, making them acutely reticent to act on removing this lawless president, for fear his supporters would “take to the streets.” That really happened.
We are truly living in dangerous times.
Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.