This OTYCD entry originally posted in November 2017.
Remember: Even if Trump carries through and works with the Democrats to pass genuinely good legislation, Trump still needs to go.
We at OTYCD are skeptical this will actually happen but we’re going to write this post anyway.
It also feels weird to preventatively write a post that basically says, “Hey, don’t forget, but Trump is bad, mmmmmkay?”
We’re moved to do this based on this October 7, 2017 Vox story based around a Trump tweet with the same date that said:
I called Chuck Schumer yesterday to see if the Dems want to do a great HealthCare Bill. ObamaCare is badly broken, big premiums. Who knows!
See the Vox story here:
This isn’t the first time Trump has worked with Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. Back in mid-September there were mutterings about Trump striking a deal with Schumer and Pelosi on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program:
Trump is doing this because he values wins, period, full stop, and he does not care who gets them for him.
If Republican leaders Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan can’t give him the wins that he craves, Trump has no problem turning to the Democrats for help instead.
So let’s say Trump works with the Dems and gets his wins–things that the Dems would regard as wins as well.
And let’s say things stay on track for 2018, and we get the blue wave that has been widely predicted, and the Democrats retake the House of Representatives. As of October 2017, it looks unlikely for the Dems to take the Senate, but hey, who knows? Maybe they’ll succeed in defending all their seats and picking up a few.
If by then the Democratic leadership and Trump are–we know this is hard to imagine, but hey, indulge us–chummy, and legitimately useful stuff is getting done, we still need to press for Trump’s removal.
He will have become no less incompetent, unfit, or dangerous.
Even if Trump becomes “useful” to the Democratic Party, he still needs to go, for the good of the nation.
What form Trump’s departure should take is debatable. Maybe Mueller’s probe will reach maturity by or just after the midterms, and it’ll deliver thumpingly clear evidence for impeachment. Maybe Trump’s flouting of the Constitution’s emoluments clause will become too obvious for even the most thick-headed Republican to ignore. Maybe he’ll try to drop nukes on North Korea and is stopped only by John Kelly tackling him, and that leads to invoking the 25th amendment. (Please oh please let it not come to that.)
Regardless, we have to hold firm on Trump’s fundamental unfitness to serve as the president of the United States, and hold firm on the need for his removal.
We cannot bend on this, or be seen as bending on this, if Trump starts doing things that the Democratic Party wants.
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