Freddie (not real name) likes to put an optimistic spin on things. It's an admirable trait, but the operative word is still spin.
Spin is not truth.
Freddie thinks Palestinians will wake up one day and embrace Jews as their friends. He (or she) lives in a world of optimism and imagination, luxuries we may no longer be able to afford.
Freddie is one of a dwindling number of people who dismiss the possibility of Donald Trump firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
As a fall back position, Freddie is confident that if Trump does fire Mueller, there will be "pushback" from Republicans.
Pushback? Big deal. If I belch at the dinner table, I get pushback. What does it even mean?
According to Merriam-Webster pushback is "Resistance or opposition in response to a policy or regulation especially by those affected."
What does pushback actually do and how does it work?
Hitler got pushback against his final solution, but still managed to murder seven million Jews.
Freddie seems to think that Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, Republican leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives, respectively, are going to come to America's rescue on giant white steeds.
As Tony Soprano would say, "Fuhgeddaboudit."
Ryan and McConnell are criminals on the grandest scale imaginable. Just think about the $1.5 Trillion they stole from America to give to their wealthy donors.
Speaking of criminals, think of Ryan and McConnell as Silvio "Sil" Dante and Peter "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri to Dishonest Don's Tony Soprano.
McConnell would probably be the "Sil" character.
Just this week both McConnell and Ryan clearly stated that they had no intention to bring forward legislation to protect Robert Mueller. Why would they?
Donald Trump is wildly more popular than Ryan, McConnell or the GOP. Nobody is going to cross his base (the basket of deplorables).
We've seen a wide range of anti-American, anti-constitutional activity coming from this White House and nothing but silence from Republicans. All Simon and Garfunkel fans, they love nothing better than "The Sound of Silence."
Is firing Mueller really going to be a bridge too far? Not by a long shot, Freddie.
For the sake of brevity (too late?) I'm not going to list every single thing that we thought would certainly be the end of Trump the primary contender. Trump the GOP presidential candidate. Trump the president.
Freddie doesn't get it. Trump really could shoot someone on 5th Avenue (NYC) and get away with it.
Freddie's like a guy who sees ten people burn themselves on a hot fry pan, but inexplicably grabs it himself. Optimist or slow learner?
At this point it's about 70/30 that Trump fires Mueller. He may have to fire Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein and everyone at the Department of Justice down to the night watchman, but he'll give it the old Trump try.
Trump will do it because he can. Because he knows there will be no consequences. Just like Putin knows there are no consequences for attacking America or for using an outlawed nerve gas in the United Kingdom.
Whatever happens, here's what I'd like to leave you with today:
If Trump fires Mueller, Republicans will do what they have been doing for the past year and a half. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
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