Trump Has Identified a Path to Victory in 2020: Get Impeached to Own the LibsPhoto by Win McNamee/Getty Politics Features Donald Trump
If you were looking for evidence that President Trump is not losing his mind, well…look elsewhere. But if you’re looking to support the theory that something is seriously wrong with this man’s brain, you’ve come to the right place. Today’s “wait, seriously?” moment comes courtesy of Axios, which reports that Donald Trump actually thinks impeachment could be a good thing.
Read this paragraph and try not to pass out from oxygen deprivation:
A source who’s discussed the midterms with Trump said: “He has repeated to folks that, if the Democrats impeach him, it would be a victory, politically, because it would be a complete overreach and he could exploit it and run against it in 2020.”
The story doesn’t get much more involved than that—if Trump had his druthers, he’d avoid impeachment, but he’s already starting to see opportunity in the prospect. That’s insane, and yes, I know that Bill Clinton was impeached. However, the American public generally recognized that the sustained Republican attack on Clinton was a sort of witch hunt dealing mostly with personal matters. If Trump were to be impeached, it could be for a hundred very good reasons, and even if the Senate saved him, what remains of his credibility would be shot. In no way would impeachment without removal be an asset in 2020, and it’s mind-boggling that he thinks “playing the victim card” would result in anything but a rout.
Of course, back in May he didn’t even think the midterms mattered:
“Your vote in 2018 is every bit as important as your vote in 2016,” he said, while reading from a teleprompter, just before he completely reversed course: “Although I’m not sure I really believe that… I don’t know who the hell wrote that line.”
As Axios noted, his tune has changed in a big way since.
Welcome to September. The president, seeing warning signs everywhere, raises the stakes to impeachment: “We’ll worry about that [impeachment] if it ever happens,” Trump said in Montana. “But if it happens it’s your fault because you didn’t go out to vote.”
Confusion reigns, and an addled mind rules us all.