It’s a whole new ballgame now

Because Donald Trump is by far the most criminally corrupt “president” in United States history, his scandals don’t take days off. That means I don’t either. I’ve worked roughly eight hundred days straight, and I’m sure plenty of other political analysts can say the same. However, I do try to take a half-day off each Monday, because that’s usually the quietest day for political news. But now Monday is suddenly proving to be a consistently big day. There’s a reason for that, and it spells out why the path to Trump’s demise is now in a whole new phase.

Until recently, political news had largely driven by the kinds of leaks and exposes that tend to surface on Friday nights. Why Friday nights? There are differing theories for that, but the bottom line is that the calendar has largely been driven by the media itself. Therefore, the later in the week, the bigger the developments. Things changed in a big way last Monday, when the FBI launched a surprise raid against Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen. It turns out this wasn’t an aberration, as reps for Trump and Cohen had to go before a judge today, making for another round of big news. That’s two big Mondays in a row, and there’s a reason for that.

Look at who’s now driving the news cycle: the FBI. The court system. The media works on its own schedule, which is an increasingly 24/7 one, aimed at when people are at home and looking at their computers. But the federal government works differently, basing things on a Monday to Friday 9-5 schedule, and doesn’t care about the news cycle. This recent shift toward big Mondays in Trump’s scandals is happening because we’ve now reached the stage where things like FBI raids and criminal court hearings are becoming commonplace.

That’s how we know it’s a whole new ballgame now. This is no longer merely about Robert Mueller poking around behind the scenes, as the media tries to piece it all together. We’re now in the phase where Donald Trump and his associates are getting their doors busted down and having to answer to judges. Look for more big Mondays going forward, as the legal walls close in on Trump. Support Palmer Report.

Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report