The Midterm Trump Referendum

The upcoming US midterm elections look set to be a referendum on Donald Trump. If the Democrats can recapture the House and/or Senate, they’ll begin impeachment proceedings. And with exactly two months to go the war on Trump and conservative Trump supporters has kicked into high gear.

It started in early August with Alex Jones’ Infowars being kicked off Facebook and YouTube. But it’s continuing with the indictment of one-time Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen by the Mueller investigation, which started out looking for (but not finding) evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, and has widened into an investigation of anybody and anybody who ever knew Trump or who had any dealings with him, including members of his family.

It’s quite possible that, just like Alex Jones has been deplatformed, Donald Trump will in his turn be deplatformed from Twitter:

Twitter said on Tuesday that President Trump is not immune from being kicked off the platform if his tweets “cross a line” with abusive behavior, reports Politico…

Trump tweets almost daily to his 54.2 million followers.

I’ve mentioned the author Jerome Corsi a few times. He has now been dragged in front of the Mueller probe.

Jerome Corsi, a rightwing author and conspiracy theorist, has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury as part of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Corsi, an associate of the longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, was asked to appear at 9am in Washington on Friday, according to his attorney, David Gray.

Roger Stone, another long time Trump associate, expects the same:

In an email urging supporters to donate to his legal defence fund, the veteran Republican operative said he expected imminent action against him from the special counsel, who has secured a conviction and guilty pleas from other Trump allies.

In the latest twist, the New York Times has published an anonymous editorial

Senior government officials, from the White House to various executive branch departments and agencies, are “working to insulate their operations from” President Donald Trump’s whims, according to an anonymous op-ed published in The New York Times.

The article says that the president will “veer off topic and off the rails, [that] he engages in repetitive rants, and [that] his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back”.

In order to balance that behaviour, the author says “senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his own worst inclinations” — and that there have been “whispers” of the 25th Amendment, which could be used to remove the president if his cabinet agrees that is the best course of action.

What interested me most about this is that the op-ed is anonymous, as the Guardian tells us:

… the bombshell anonymous op-ed in the New York Times, where a senior administration official claims to be part of a secret cabal trying to protect the nation – if not the world – from the worst impulses of the sociopathic man-child purporting to be the commander-in-chief.

In this regard, and only in this regard, our anonymous whistleblower has handed the crazy boss a degree of righteousness indignation.

“If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist,” tweeted the madman in the attic, “the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!”

So while on the one hand we have the anonymous Q, who claims to be working in Military Intelligence on Trump’s behalf, we now have another Anonymous figure doing the opposite.

There’s nothing new about all this, except the insanely hysterical intensity of it. Trump-haters have been calling him mad, bad, and dangerous ever since he began his successful run for office. They’ve also been calling for his impeachment from before he was even elected. What seems new is that the war on Trump has now spilled over into deplatforming his alt-right online supporters, and dragging former Trump associates before the ever-widening Mueller investigation.

The hope, on the part of the Democrats, would seem to be that they will generate a democratic Blue Wave in the midterm elections that will allow impeachment proceedings to start, and at last neutralise the Trump presidency.

But the war on Trump is also a war on Trump supporters: all the millions of “deplorables” who voted him into office two years ago. All the insults that are being hurled at him are also being hurled at them. Are they going to allow their hero to be removed from office? My guess is that the sheer intensity of the attacks on Trump is likely to galvanise Trump supporters to turn out in even larger numbers than two years ago. And instead of a Blue Wave of Democrat senators and congressmen being elected, there’ll be a Red Wave. Furthermore, the only platform that Democrats seem to be running on is an anti-Trump one. They don’t seem to have any other policies than that of removing Trump. It’s wholly negative. And also there’s nothing new about it. The current anti-Trump hysteria is really just a continuation and amplification of the pre-existing anti-Trump hysteria. Aren’t some Democrat voters concerned about other things than Trump? Like jobs and education and healthcare and infrastructure?

We’ll find out in a couple of months time. In the meantime I expect to see more former Trump associates – most likely including his former hairdresser and chauffeur – hauled before the Mueller investigation. And I expect to see Ivanka and Melania Trump and the First Cat dragged there too. And Trump’s Twitter account frozen. And any number of other weird and wonderful things to happen as well.

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9 Responses to The Midterm Trump Referendum

  1. rms says:

    It’s also going to be as much about anti-Democrats as as there are many voters in US fed up with their antics, anti-Constitution, overt socialism, etc. Most media/pundant focus will be on how it’s an anti-Trump referendum, and they will not dare consider it as an Anti-Democrat referendum because that spoils their narrative. Get out the popcorn.

  2. DP says:

    Dear Mr Davis

    It’s beginning to sound like a witch hunt: “Are you or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party supporter of Donald Trump?”

    A great many Democrat voters might be thinking about the way things are going from the economy to international affairs, and decide they are not bad. And the idea of impeaching a president effectively for daring to win an election without permission of the media or the elite isn’t going to gel with ordinary people.

    There is a good chance that any attempt to win on an anti-President Trump line will backfire spectacularly.

    DP

  3. Joe L. says:

    Twitter was the lone major social media holdout, but it appears today they have fallen in line:

    Twitter Bans Alex Jones And InfoWars; Cites Abusive Behavior

    None of the major articles cite what Twitter deemed “abusive behavior,” but after some digging, it appears he was banned because he posted a video of himself confronting and insulting a CNN reporter during a visit to Capitol Hill to cover this week’s social media hearings. I haven’t seen the video and I avoid social media like the plague, but I would bet one could find many examples of far worse “abusive behavior” still available on Twitter.

  4. James Strong says:

    It would be interesting to check back and see when the idea of impeachment was first brought up.

    If it really was before President Trump took office then the President should be stressing that.

    As DP in the comments here says, President Trump won the election without the permission of the media or he elite. That point could be made more forcefully by the White House too.

    • rms says:

      Yes, impeachment part of the plan from the beginning. Before the election, it was “just in case” and after it is the plan. Impeachment by the House and Conviction by the Senate is the only way to evict the President. That’s the weapon, so use it. What you see now is all preamble.

      Pat Buchannan summarises it well today at http://buchanan.org/blog/regime-change-american-style-130043. And Dan Bongino has clearly laid out Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C in his podcast put out on Wednesday. Worth a listen.

      • rms says:

        The planned step before impeachment (which requires the Democrats to become majority at Mid-terms, is to use 25th Amendment to the Constitution. That will consume much media attention for at least a couple of weeks, fading away probably end Sept.

        What’s missing in media for the Mid-terms is any discussion/debates on the issues.

  5. Smoking Lamp says:

    The “Smoking bandits” site is currently down. I hope it hasn’t been blocked. The antismoking extremists are prone to suppressing dissent.

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