We’ve all seen this script before. We’ve seen it in one too many cops and robbers movies. We’ve seen the plot point recycled over and over again in TV crime dramas. It only gets so overused because it’s so true to life – and now we’re watching Donald Trump’s life turn into that script in predictable fashion, with an ending that’s just as predictable.
Donald Trump is the criminal who’s been caught red handed (whistleblower report), finds himself cornered (impeachment), decides to take hostages (the Kurds), and makes things so dangerously untenable that even his allies end up having to ditch him (Pat Robertson, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Pat Toomey and others).
We don’t know why Donald Trump is doing this today. Maybe he thinks that threatening to get millions of Kurds killed is going to give him the leverage he needs to negotiate a favorable resignation plea deal. Maybe, consciously or subconsciously, he just wants this all to be over – and he knows that only something this derangedly bloody can truly shock the Senate Republican cowards into finishing him off.
This won’t end well for Trump. As much time as he spends watching television, you’d think he’d know this. At some point the criminal becomes a hostage taker, and when he realizes that doing so has only served to reduce his leverage, he demands that a helicopter be sent to fly him to the country of his choice. The thing is, the hostage taker never does get his helicopter. Instead, law enforcement drags him out by his ankles.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report