Toppling the Trump kingdom by Dr. Barbara Reynolds
2/7/2020, 6 a.m.
So now with the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate’s rush to acquit President Trump in this rigged impeachment trial, he will soon be free to continue using foreign countries or committing any other illegal acts to ensure his re-election in 2020.
What the Republicans have done is to coronate President Trump a king who now has the green light to operate above the laws of our democracy without any consequences. So without any checks and balances, the Trump one-party rule is free to continue as the most criminal white supremacist enterprise in our nation’s history.
President Trump once declared that if he shot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue, nothing would happen. Unfor- tunately, he was correct. In fact, this expected Senate acquittal without witnesses is like declaring all crimes are legal as long as the king and his Republican court are the perpetrators. And of course, somehow, these an- tics usually benefit his Russian benefactors.
For openers, as a result of this sham trial and acquittal, foreign countries and as U.S. businesses can be cajoled, intimidated, extorted and/or bribed to force compliance with President Trump’s all-out scorched earth plan to retain the throne. In our new system of one-party rule, there are no enforceable laws to stop him. He will continue raid- ing public funds to cut Medicaid, food stamps and housing assistance while he sprinkles money like fairy dust over the heads of his billionaire compatriots.
If it were not for a brave whistleblower, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Adam Schiff, the independent U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Democrats who valiantly exposed President Trump’s crimes, his wrongdoing would have remained known only to the underground shadow government operated by President Trump, Rudy Giuliani and their cronies to enrich themselves and keep their boss in power.
“They were all in the loop, Trump knew everything,” according to Lev Parnas, a Giuliani aide who has been speaking to news sources. He, of course, was among the many witnesses the Senate did not allow to testify, an unheard of practice.
But the worst infraction by the Senate was not allowing former National Security Adviser John Bolton to speak, a firsthand witness with a soon-to-be-published book that President Trump reportedly told he was illegally holding up U.S. taxpayer funds to Ukraine to force Ukrainian officials to help the president dig up dirt on a possible 2020 presidential opponent, Joe Biden.
It should not be forgotten that the Ukraine mess also had a pro-Russia benefit. Witnesses testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives committees testified that Russia was the chief beneficiary of President Trump’s decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine. “Our holding up of security systems that would go to a country that is fighting aggression from Russia for no good policy reason, no good substantive reason, no good national security reason is wrong,” said former U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine William Taylor.
Aside from President Trump acting as if he is more of an agent of Russian leader Vladimir Putin than president of his own citizens, there is so much a king can do that a president who is accountable cannot do. First of all, President Trump can and will use any means to stay in office and fuel his private agenda. That could mean starting wars, draining tax funds from states trying to correct voting irregularities, diverting funds from the military to build his wall, cutting off Obamacare that helps the non-rich afford health coverage, raiding budgets for the homeless, the hungry and the sick reportedly told he was illegally holding up U.S. taxpayer funds to Ukraine to force Ukrainian officials to help the president dig up dirt on a possible 2020 presi- dential opponent, Joe Biden.