Trump is Finished

[Music] I’m Keith Olbermann and this is the resistance I am confident now even more so than I have been throughout the last year that this nightmare presidency of Donald John Trump will end prematurely and end soon and I am thus also confident that this is the correct moment to end this series of commentaries the important stuff first there are seven routes in front of Trump each inevitably ends in his impeachment or resignation the first the likeliest became a thousand times more likely with the Thanksgiving news of a possible deal between robert muller and general michael Flynn as I reported here as long ago as April 4th the most specifically qualified expert alive on the subject of prosecuting a president my friend the Nixon White House Counsel John Dean put it to me very simply Muller is not shooting down Muller does not make a deal with Flynn to get Paul Manafort he does not make a deal with Flynn to get Jared Kushner he does not make a deal with Flynn to get chunk jr. Muller makes a deal with Flynn to get Donald Trump period the Flynn deal report suggests Muller has completely assembled the backbone of his case and is now just hanging the meat from it and just as importantly if Flynn has merely considered a deal from Muller it almost necessarily means Flynn either doesn’t believe he would get a pardon from Trump or that Muller as I’ve also reported here has succeeded in finding a way around Trump’s pardon power and either of these near certainties spell Trump’s doom so that’s the most obvious of the seven ways for Trump to go now Muller really will get him on Russia it will be ugly and it will tear this country nearly apart but it will be necessary the second way is as I have also repeatedly suggested here that Muller doesn’t really need to prove anything about Trump and Russian sabotage of the election there seems to be so much obstruction of justice from the firing of James Comey to the lies about Trump Jr’s meetings with the Russians that it’s hard to pick out a key player in the Trump inner circle who could not be guilty of it Trump could be impeached on just obstruction of justice and a few lesser charges Nick it was about to me or there is a third way we could be spared the trauma of a Russia impeachment or an obstruction of justice impeachment as we were spared it with Nixon if Trump is smart or just sufficiently scared enough and he resigns or if he isn’t those around him who could still sell themselves by selling him out will force him to resign a modified version of this of course is the fourth possible outcome but even if Muller is months away from his day new mom the Republicans will impeach or remove Trump by spring purely to save their own asses the state elections in Virginia and Oklahoma earlier this month show what could face Republican incumbents nationwide next November not only were Democratic victories overwhelming but half of them were little morality plays the 26 year old lesbian beats the Republican in the district Trump won by nearly 40 points a year ago the transgendered candidate in Virginia beats the guy who wrote an anti equality bathroom bill the boyfriend of a news reporter shot to death on camera beats the Republican Pro NRA candidate I’ll say it again Richard Nixon was not forced out of office by Democrats not really even by Watergate Democrats controlled the Senate and the house every day Richard Nixon was president they could have impeached him at any point he resigned when the leading Republicans went into the White House and told him that not only would he be impeached and convicted but he would take all of them down with him and they were not going to let him do that so that’s the fourth way out Trump becomes more of an albatross to Republicans and more importantly more of a rallying cry to Democrats and the Republicans remove him before the midterms and then boastfully run for re-election on having removed him the fifth end game is the same thing only faster the Republicans around him pull off that palace coup that is perfectly legal under the 25th amendment and Mike Pence and Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell eject Trump by simply stating he is unfit and getting their majorities to agree he’s unfit and if you don’t think Pence and Ryan and McConnell would do that you didn’t see Trump’s crazy tweet about the man of a year award or this thing in front of the Native Americans on Monday and you don’t know pence and Ryan and McConnell the sixth means by which Trump leaves early is of course that if the Republicans don’t impeach Trump before the midterms the Democrats will be able to after the midterms if Virginia and New Jersey and Oklahoma are indicators the Democrats could take the house and might need as few as 25 vulnerable Republicans in the Senate to vote guilty to remove Trump from office but now there is a seventh new path to destruction for Trump and it is bubbled up from the sewer of his life recently and even with how Teflon he has been on this particular subject it seems hard to believe the dam won’t break his sexual conduct as not one snowball but a decade’s worth of them have come down that hill wiping out all the sleaze bags and embolden and empowering the victims it seems impossible to believe that some claimant somewhere does not have tangible evidence against Trump and that they won’t say to hell with it and break one of those non-disclosure agreements and Trump will suddenly be envying Harvey Weinstein Trump himself inadvertently has hinted at this the New York Times buried the lead on this over the weekend but it reported that earlier this year Trump told a senator that the Access Hollywood pussy grabber tape was a fake and he has said the same thing again recently to a White House staffer he’s obviously trying to work the refs of public opinion in advance for whatever is coming next from a woman here or from Russia so I don’t see any way out for Trump seven freight trains rushing at him he might avoid a few he might avoid six of them he’s not going to dance his way out from under all seven and we I think should try to put ourselves in the mindset of those Americans who knew Richard Nixon with guilty as hell after John Dean finished testifying on June 27th 1973 but we’re all left wondering if there would ever be a way to prove it and were left listening to a majority of the country saying Dean was lying and left watching nearly the entirety of the gullible news media is saying this was nonsense why would a president even one as crazy as Nixon ever do this and more importantly even if he were somehow guilty how would he ever be dumb enough to leave any evidence of his guilt and 16 days later it turned out virtually everything in the Oval Office had been taped and the ballgame was over even though it would last another 13 months well this ball game is also over and I don’t think it’s gonna last another 13 months and so this series is over this was intended as something temporary a two-month project by somebody who had given up politics and instead it became 187 commentaries and around 225,000 words and something approaching 400 million views and I am proud of it and I repudiate none of it and it has been my privilege to do it and I’m especially proud to have done these videos for free and for charity but frankly I have not enjoyed one minute of it as I’m certain it has also been for you for me it has been unadulterated pain and revulsion and horror the process has become nearly 24/7 and I’ve said so much that I can and have recycled old commentaries from months ago and they have been fully applicable to breaking news we’ve come full-circle to such a complete degree that on Sunday Trump tweeted a complaint about quote Russia Russia Russia the title of the 46th episode of the resistance from last March 14th was quote Russia Russia Russia I’ve made my point so now that I think the outcomes the seven different inevitable outcomes are unavoidable I’d like to go back and enjoy some of my life again and I’m going to no illness no scandal no firing just I said what I’ve had to say it was as obvious as I made it seem I give my work everything I can so it’s not like I can dial it back and I think even this dim-witted world of American political TV reporting which is still calculating how to get Trump’s idiot supporters to watch their networks and still waiting for Trump to pivot even it can carry this the rest of the way so I am retiring from commentary in all media venues this is not to say a bed of roses and reconciliation awaits us the post Trump America will be relieved of his prodigious evil but in its place it will have Trump as living martyr that prodigious evil and rank hypocrisy and immorality of his supporters perhaps a third of us will not vanish with him and I’m not sure that the democracy has not been damaged too much to deal with their lawless unprincipled rebellion and I do not see this country’s politics truly healing in the next 30 or 40 years but at least the bleeding will be staunch and we will have a chance to alter a phrase I heard somewhere to make America America again thank you for all the kind words and all the support have fun storming the castle my work here is done matter of fact so is Trump’s resist remove peace

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