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MUHAMMAD: The Trump ‘Meltdown’ Has Begun

There is a meltdown of Donald J. Trump’s presidency happening right before our eyes. This doesn’t mean he’s finished. Not by a long shot. He’s a sinister Felix the Cat with nine lives. Not until a wooden stake is driven through his political heart will I accept that his corrupt regime is done.

With impeachment, even if only a handful of the 20 needed Senate Republicans eventually vote for his removal, he will have been exposed for the world to see him as the disgusting lowlife who many people have believed him to be for years.

In 2020, the truth of his unfitness for office will have been officially reported during the impeachment. Of course he deserves to also be humiliated at the polls on Election Day. Unless he is absolutely exposed in the impeachment proceedings and decisively defeated at the ballot box, he will claim victory, or claim the election was a fake and refuse to surrender the office, daring anyone to try to unseat him.

Yes. I believe Donald Trump is fully prepared to engage in whatever level of unlawful behavior it takes, in order to stay in power. He’s already been recorded telling more than 15,000 lies. He flaunts Congressional “advice and consent,” and he’s been fleecing foreign governments in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution selling them accommodations at his signature resorts.

Shamed by the threat of a rebellion in his own ranks among Republicans who are growing weary of his showboat tactics in the face of the House impeachment inquiries, he reluctantly canceled the arrangement to host the 2020 G-7 Economic Summit at his Trump Doral Resort in Florida. It all came in a very bad week for Trump.

I always thought that no matter how humiliating a situation he managed to get into, he could bounce back with a couple of real victories, in addition to every event in world history which he proclaims as a Trump victory, and he would be back on top again. But this feels worse than that. There was a lot that went bad for him.

“Our republic is under attack from the President,” retired Admiral William McRaven wrote in a New York Times op-ed Oct. 18. “If President Trump doesn’t demonstrate the leadership that America needs, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office.”

McRaven is a former commander of the United States Special Operations Command, or the Navy SEALS.

That same day, retired Army Gen. Jim Mattis, Dude’s former defense secretary, scolded him, and retired Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who led the fight against ISIS, expressed his disappointment with his unfitness in an earlier op-ed for The Atlantic.

“Well, it seems clear that Trump’s melting down,” Dr. Julianne Malveaux, an economist and former president of Bennett College for Women, told this writer in an interview. “I mean, he seems to be increasingly irrational. There are lots of accounts of what happened with the meeting with [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi. Several people say he came in there with an attitude, although he called the meeting, but he was behaving with [a] nasty attitude and it went downhill from there.”

“Trump is gone. He’s crazy,” Dr. Ray Winbush, director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University, told me. “And I mean, he’s in a serious meltdown, but I don’t think the Republicans,” are ready to challenge the president.

“Hopefully Trump will have a complete nervous breakdown in public, which he almost had with Pelosi the other day at the White House. … Talk about putting politics before country,” Winbush said.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. The man has said the impeachment inquiry is a “coup.” The coup-plotters and revolutionaries are marching through the streets, leading mobs, their weapons of choice? Deadly subpoenas.

And don’t forget, Trump absolutely cannot be shamed. And what’s worse, there are millions of American “deplorables” (hardcore Trump supporters, as Hillary Clinton described them) who believe him. They’re everywhere, and they’re hard to detect.

Me, my superstition will have me carrying a handy wooden stake, and plenty of garlic wherever I go, just in case I have to ward off this presidential Creature From the Dark Lagoon, or any of the other Repugnicans who inhabit that lagoon with him.

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Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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