Trump survives scandals but voters lay in wait
The president’s lawyer is reported to have paid off a porn star, Stormy Daniels, buying her silence about her relationship with Donald Trump. That this transaction alledgedly took place ten days out from the 2016 election is a fact not lost on the Clinton campaign, which was rocked by the Comey letter at around the same time.
Yet Trump seems like teflon, with scandal after scandal failing to either force his resignation or prompt impeachment hearings in Congress.
Let’s remind ourselves of some of those outrages, a scandal roll call if you will, which failed to land a significant blow:
- refusing to release tax returns;
- promising to drain the swamp then forming a cabinet of millionaires, several of which have abused their expense accounts;
- bringing nepotism back to the White House by appointing his family to key positions;
- appearing to suggest that anti-racists were just as bad as white supremacists after the Charlottesville protests, which ended when one of the supremacists drove a car into a crowd of people, killing one and injuring 19;
- wishing a staffer well when forced to resign over allegations of domestic abuse;
- the probable collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia over the stealing and disseminating of Democratic campaign information;
The Stormy Daniels affair is just another story to be dismissed as “Fake News”, before the cycle moves on to the next Twitter tirade, with last week's outrage consigned to history.
While the FBI still might have some impact with its Russia investigation, the Republicans in Congress have done their utmost to suppress it. Thus, we cannot solely rely on the institutions of government to perform meaningful oversight. Instead, the way to restore justice is left to us, the people, or more precisely, American voters in November. Those mid-term elections for Congress, where the Democrats have a shot at taking back control, seem to be taking on increasing significance. If the Democrats, for all their flaws, can retake the gerrymandered House of Representatives (and that is a big if), then anything is possible, including impeachment.
I cannot think of a more important Congressional election in my lifetime.