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Trump, Cohen, Manafort, and Fox News: The Morning After

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | August 22, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | August 22, 2018 |


A lot happened yesterday — Paul Manafort’s conviction, Michael Cohen’s plea deal, Duncan Hunter’s indictment — and at the time, as it always does during these moments, it likely felt like the Presidency was faltering, that there’d be no way it could survive under the weight of all this corruption.

The morning after, in the new light of day, I think we can safely say that President Trump is not going anywhere soon. This is probably not going to end his presidency. It’s going to be one more drib — a gushing one — in the neverending drabs of bad news for this Presidency. It’s probably going to hurt him a lot in the midterms, seal the deal for House Democrats, give Senate Democrats a fighting chance, and ultimately make it very difficult or impossible for Trump to win re-election.

It feels a lot like the beginning of Trump’s lame-duck Presidency. Two years, five months more of bad tweets, hot air, and little in the way of accomplishment.

But he’s not going to be indicted. Sitting Presidents are not indicted, so impeachment will be the only recourse, and it will be talked about for months, but it won’t happen. While the House may think about impeachment proceedings if the Democrats take over — and they will certainly open up dozens of investigations — there’s still not going to be enough votes in the Senate to impeach, not unless the Republicans who survive the midterms finally decide — with two years until the next round of elections — to abandon the sinking ship. Hopefully, Mueller will provide them with enough incentive to do so.

In the meantime, the media is just going to pummel Trump. Republicans are going to deflect. We’ll probably see some more Trump cronies go down. Democrats are going to pussyfoot, and Rachel Maddow is going to pounce (Maddow will be the real winner in all of this!) It’s a neverending game that won’t stop until January 2020. Maybe.

But I’ll say this: “Oh, it wasn’t that bad, everyone does it” is not a good look for the Republicans right now. Or, “What’s the big deal? All he did was pay off a porn star!” Is that the defense they’re going to take to the midterms? Because, by all means.

And if you’re wondering, this is the home page of Fox News right now.

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And this is what they’re talking about on Fox and Friends.

And this is what Trump is talking about.

So, you know: It’s business as usual.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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