Conservative columnist and Never Trumper Max Boot makes the observation that Donald Trump is seeking “retribution rather than reconciliation.” Trump said as much himself at the National Prayer Breakfast where moderator Arthur Brooks quoted from the sermon on the mount, “Love your enemies,” and Trump said, “Arthur, I don’t know if I agree with you.” Boot is right, Trump is just out for blood now, because he learned nothing from impeachment — nor the Mueller report, nor anything that has happened to him in the past three years, or indeed in the seventy that preceded that. The man is incorrigible and unteachable and it’s only going to get worse from here on out, as the campaign heats up and Trump feels the need to prove his omniscience to his supporters, and to prove he’s not IMPOTUS to the rest of us. Washington Post:
What happened Friday was the political equivalent of one of those mob-movie montages where the don’s enemies are gunned down to the accompaniment of an operatic score. And the Don in the White House isn’t done yet. He reportedly is interested in firing Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, who brought to Congress a whistleblower’s complaint. The whistleblower required a security detail because he or she has been smeared by the president and his minions. Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) read the name of the person alleged to be the whistleblower by many on the right on the floor of the Senate this week. What possible purpose can this serve save to bring retribution down upon that person?
Trump is also said to be plotting to punish Romney and Schiff. “He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!” Trump tweeted about the House Intelligence Committee chairman. Such venomous talk led to a death threat against Schiff.
And of course Trump is still seething about the FBI agents — the “top scum” he called them on Thursday — who had the temerity to investigate his ties with Russia. They are now being probed by a prosecutor handpicked by Attorney General William P. Barr.
18 U.S. Code § 1513 prohibits witness retaliation, but Trump will never be prosecuted for violation of the statute. Boot goes on to say that Trump is “unchastened, unchained and unhinged” and from what we’ve seen so far, to tell the truth in Trumpworld is to become an employment statistic, if not an out and out martyr. This is not democracy, this is pure fascism and Trump is just now getting warmed up. Wait for the campaign to start rolling full tilt and we’ll see what Trump is really made of, as he continues to believe in his own invincibility. America, look out.