Late night talk show hosts have often practiced this bit of dark comedy during the Donald Trump administration:
Trump gets caught doing something deplorable, an act which would end the career of anybody else but him, and he suffers no consequences. The talk show host then says "Oh, because nothing actually matters anymore."
It will definitely feel that way, if/when Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller. If that maneuver is in the works, and as of right now, no one can say for sure, Trump would likely do it during the holidays so as to minimize attention.
Of course, it would be impossible to minimize publicity for such an act, even if it's done in the Dickensian manner of being executed on Christmas Eve.
Not to mention he'd first have to get Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to agree to it in the first place, and Rosenstein says he sees no grounds for dismissing Mueller.
As we've chronicled before, we've seen Trump survive countless situations since 2015 that would have ended the career of anybody else
“Trump boasted during the campaign that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose support,” the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson wrote last week.
“As far as the GOP majorities in Congress are concerned, he may be right.”
This observation was pointed out in a MIC.com article entitled "Republicans Sharpen Their Knives for Possible Showdown with Robert Mueller."
Eric Lutz writes:
Many Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), had previously indicated that they would keep Trump from touching Mueller.
But as Trump amped up his attacks on the intensifying FBI investigation in recent days, some Republicans signaled that they may be going to bat for the president — raising questions as to whether or not the special counsel’s findings will result in any meaningful action.
It is astounding to see just how many GOP and right-wing figures have done an about face on Robert Mueller, a life-long Republican. Newt Gingrich may be the worst example of someone who completely flipped on Mueller as the investigation continues, but there are many.
"There is no end to what Trump will ask of his party. He is defined by shamelessness, and so there is no bottom. And apparently there is no end to what regular Republicans are willing to give him. Trump may soon ask them to accept his firing of Robert Mueller, and yes, after some sighing, they will accept that, too."
We know there's a ton of smoke in the Mueller investigation, and with four Trump confidantes already in the fold, plenty of fire too). If the findings of Robert Mueller and his team do in fact show a treasonous conspiracy with Vladimir Putin, and the GOP STILL don't do anything to remove Trump, we could then say, with certainty that nothing matters anymore.
That we would then be living in a horrifying dystopia where all sense of accountability is lost, no actions have consequences and Trump is the teflon Don.
Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune corporation blogging community Chicago Now.
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