The President of the United States, facing exploding scandals and historically low poll numbers, gave a defiant State of the Union address. He confidently sounded as if his position had never been stronger. He called for an end into the prolonged investigation into his biggest criminal scandal, arguing that it wasn’t going anywhere. Later that same year, the President of the United States resigned. No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump and 2018.
Back in 1974, Richard Nixon used his State of the Union address to make the argument that because the long and winding Watergate investigation still hadn’t proven that he was personally behind the criminal scandal, it was time for everyone to stop hounding him and move on. “One year of Watergate is enough,” he smirked. But his speech wasn’t a power play. It was a desperate plea from a failing guy who knew he was on his last legs. It’s the same line of bullshit you’ll hear from Trump tomorrow.
In reality, Donald Trump is mostly down the drain. His historically low popularity is untenable and history shows us that he has no chance of recovering. His party will get wiped out in the November midterms, whether they try to align themselves with him or try to run away from him. He’s reduced to relying on henchmen like Devin Nunes, an idiot who has constructed such an embarrassingly inept memo in Trump’s defense, the House Democrats who have read it are begging for it to be made public.
So what does Donald Trump have left? Distractions. Deflections. Nothing that’ll help him. He has no real political muscle left. He’s done. Either the Republicans will panic and throw him out before the midterms, or the Democrats will become adored national heroes by throwing him out after the midterms. Either way, Trump is past his expiration date.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report