Enough with the “Donald Trump will never resign” schtick

Despite the historically chaotic current political climate, some things in political journalism are as consistent as the sunrise. If I publish an article that even so much as mentions the possibility or scenario that Donald Trump might end up resigning, for instance this one in which Trump is now telling his pals that he wants to resign, that article is immediately hit with a torrent of people insisting that Trump will never resign. And startlingly, that schtick is not coming from his supporters.

There is a certain segment of the anti-Trump resistance that’s absolutely convinced Donald Trump will never resign under any circumstances. They’re so sure of it, they feel compelled to shout it at any article or social media post that even so much as mentions the possibility of resignation. It’s always in the form of “Trump is too much of a ____ to resign,” with one random phrase or another filling the blank on any given day. And it’s the most bizarre sentiment, because it goes against everything we know about Donald Trump.

Trump always quits when he realizes he’s going to lose. He kills off his own hotels when he sees their revenue is dropping off. He files bankruptcy on his companies when he sees they’re not going to succeed. He pulls the plug on everything that isn’t working out for him, and then he invents some reason why his loss was a victory. Atlantic City is seeing hard times? He brags that his two casinos there went under before the hard times hit. That kind of upside-down rationalizing doesn’t convince anyone else, but it seems to convince him that he somehow won by losing and quitting.

So while there’s no way to predict how Donald Trump will choose to end his failed presidency, every inch of his own history says he’s likely to resign if he reaches a point where he concludes he can’t turn it around and succeed. Maybe he’ll reach that point, maybe he won’t. I’m not saying he’ll resign. But when certain anti-Trump folks loudly and forcefully and repeatedly insist they know for certain that he’ll never resign under any circumstances, it’s just odd. Is it mere pessimism on their part, or are they subconsciously hoping he’ll remain in office and get humiliatingly impeached the hard way?

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  1. Donna Crane on June 19, 2017 at 12:15 am

    I can see a definite benefit to him resigning, in that he’ll then be able to be charged with crimes and not get any immunity. However, the bad news is that then we’ll have Pence, but with any luck he will go down too and possibly Paul Ryan for money chicanery with the Russians. All of the above would be good. Throw in Mitch McConnell and a few more and I’d be a very happy camper.

  2. Feona on June 19, 2017 at 12:19 am

    I think the main reason Trump is considering resigning now is in hopes that the investigation will choose to stop turning over rocks into his financial history. I think that’s where Trump could get some real jail time and substantial loss of money.

  3. Sharon Dorsey on June 19, 2017 at 12:44 am

    All it will take for Donald to hit the door running is for one (or more) of his crackerjack legal team or trusted advisors to suggest that, were he to pick up his glove and go home ASAP, all this messy ‘investigation’ business would be forgotten. The source of his recent meltdowns, of course, is the threat of losing his questionable fortune, as Russiagate morphs into more serious criminal issues. What do you want to bet that all the traitors, colluders and other ne’er-do-wells in this skanky regime figure they’re off the hook if only the boss would throw in the towel? That sort of chatter will send him packin’, pronto. Then again, I’d wager that, in today’s idiocracy, a clueless public would happily just say ‘phew!’ and give these bums a pass.

  4. Some Guy on June 19, 2017 at 2:18 am

    I agree. I think he wants to quit. But he knows he’s facing criminal charges, and he thinks he can defend himself best in office. That might be wrong – he’ll likely continue to dig himself even deeper – but that’s what he’s thinking.

    Plus, he wants a plea bargain. “I’ll resign in exchange for immunity” or some such bs. I hope he doesn’t get such an offer. Besides, he’s not the only one in deep Russian doo-doo. If the investigations stop, they all get off and we get Pence. Unacceptable.

  5. Brendan on June 19, 2017 at 2:36 am

    The thing is that tRump is terrified of his legacy being failure. He’s convinced himself he’s a winner no matter what the evidence really suggests but going down in history as one of only two presidents ever to resign will leave no room for doubt. It’s not impossible but highly unlikely he will resign unless a) it comes to a point where his freedom, fortune or life is on the line or b) it happens in a way that he can spin it as a win and still keep his legion of mouth-breathing cultists.

  6. Luc Tremont on June 19, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Resignation is the worst outcome for the anti-Trump faction, because it means that the wealth-worshipping, white supremacists stay in power in the WH and Congress. A president Pence is a dream come true for Xtian evangelicals, and a resignation takes the pressure of the R’s in Congress and takes steam out of the Democratic-takeover crowd, too.

  7. Winston on June 19, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    As multiple countries/agencies close in/expose Trump’s financial collusion with the Russians in racketeering and money laundering, he will increasingly feel the pressure to resign and go hide in some closet.

  8. Wayne Borean on June 19, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I have no idea what Trump will do, but I suspect Orville Redenbacher is making a fortune from popcorn sales.

  9. wc on June 19, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I think that people who have dealt with true narcissist in their personal lives have a hard time seeing 45 resign. I’ve had to cope with a real narcissist, like 45, and it does cause me to think that he’s unlikely to resign. That said, if the humiliation of staying in office becomes greater than the humiliation of some fake story he can spin in order to resign, then I very much believe he will resign. He has to somehow manage the shame and humiliation inside his head. So, just like Claude Taylor is suggesting right now, huge displays of shaming him and embarrassing him publicly, may drive him from office via resignation.

    Never say never…

  10. Davud on June 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Bill, it’s hard to imagine a political climate that could generate more cynicism. Well, it’s actually quite imaginable, just too terrifying a place to go.

    Anyway, the fact that things have sunk to the point where Trump is our president seems to remove the floor on how low they can go. It’s easy to imagine the leeches remaining attached to our back, methodically draining our blood while we brush at them ineffectually, just out of reach.

  11. Scott on June 19, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    I, too, have dealt with a narcissist my entire life. That narcissist has NEVER given up. EVER. They are still the same pain in the ass they were half a century ago. Thus, I have evidence of what narcissists do. I can see him pretending he needs a bigger challenge, but simply quitting? I don’t see it.

  12. Can't-Elope on June 19, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Let’s get really basic: Every day he spends in the White House is a day he won’t spend in prison. No one is gutsy enough to tell him that, but at some point, he will figure it out himself. That’s going to happen, but not quickly.

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