Donald Trump knows he’s hosed – and he’s trying to settle old scores on his way down

Donald Trump will be ousted from the presidency soon, and I can prove it with just two words. No, they’re not “Trump Russia,” though those are the criminal charges that will push him out the door. But there’s a different reason why the door will be wide open at the time that push comes. The two words that are going to finish Trump are, incredibly, “Mitt Romney.” Bear with me here, because this is weird even by Trump’s standards.

Eighty-three year old Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah is considering retiring when his term ends in 2018. Mitt Romney, who has been trying to find his way back to political relevance ever since losing the presidential election in 2012, is reportedly considering running for the Senate seat if Hatch really does retire. Because Trump hates Romney, he’s trying to convince Hatch to run for yet another term just to screw Romney. So what does this have to do with Trump’s demise? Everything.

Five days ago, Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn cut a devastating plea deal against him. As a result, there is every reason to believe that Trump’s own son-in-law Jared Kushner will end up cutting a deal against Trump as well. This will destroy Trump’s presidency, force him out of office in disgrace, place him in real danger of ending up in prison, and it’ll ruin his entire family dynamic in the process. Yet Trump, despite reaching a new level of berserk on Twitter which reveals he knows he’s screwed, is instead focusing on getting revenge on Mitt Romney.

Romney said mean things about Donald Trump during the election, and so now that Romney is maybe considering getting back into politics next year, Trump is putting his time and focus into trying to keep Romney out. This isn’t strategic. It’s just Trump seeking revenge on someone he doesn’t like on his way down. This pitifully misplaced focus is why the door is now wide open for Trump to be shoved through.

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