The one problem Trump and his supporters do not seem to appreciate is that the distractions are fueled by partisan nonsense, while the other is anchored in law and justice. Why else would Trump be so obsessed with the "legitimacy" of his election to the presidency? Many, like myself, are over the election, but we are not over the fact that Trump is unfit to serve. The mere fact Mr. Trump has done everything to diminish the role of the free press as well as to create the illusion that Russian was not engaged in efforts to influence our elections (despite every US Intelligence Agency confirming such action), is enough for me to question his ability to serve under Article II of the Constitution ("Take Care Provision"). See: www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/jul/06/17-intelligence-organizations-or-four-either-way-r/).
The bigger questions, who has been indicted, will there be more and how many will there be? Could this prove to be the undoing of the Trump Administration and if so, how will the president react? Will he move us immediately into a war against North Korea? Although I would hope not, thus far, Mr. Trump has shown there are no norms when he perceives himself in any sort of danger ("I hit back twice as hard..."). If he is heading for a fall due to the Russians, what can we expect from his "all for one, all for me" attitude? This past week we learned the tragic deaths of our soldiers in Niger was the result of a massive military screw-up. Lack of proper intelligence and improper support proximately caused their deaths by putting them into an untenable military position. When it came down to accept responsibility for the military failings? The Commander-In-Chief swiftly pointed out that it was not his fault, but that of his generals! (See: www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-generals-niger_us_59f19528e4b0438859154c04). What happened to maxim "The Buck Stops Here" Truman adhered to? You may recall, many blamed President Jimmy Carter for the military failure to rescue hostages held by Iran while Obama got a boost for the successful mission against Bin Laden (despite efforts from the Right to give Bush credit). Now Trump says it's "someone else's fault." That may make sense if he accepted responsibility for anything, yet he hasn't since becoming president. (See: www.mediamatters.org/video/2016/07/28/fox-news-host-bush-administration-got-bin-laden-not-obama/211998). So where is the "heat" from the Right Wing now that it is proven the military screwed up under Trump's command? Benghazi, Uranium One and Clinton emails (again)!
As you may recall, ever since the inauguration, I have been mystified how a sitting president could possibly govern when issuing daily lies. How can the public trust anyone that lies as often as Mr. Trump? But the lying seems justified in the minds of many of his supporters because the alternative - the Truth - just might hurt their hyper-partisan egos and need for political power. As mentioned time and time again, we need to set aside politics in favor of what is best for all Americans, not just those served by the political parties.
So we can only hope that clearer heads will prevail when and if more indictments are issued charging Trump and/or his campaign or staff with illegal actions. My guess is that it will take a long time before the GOP and Trumpsters come to their collective senses (remember, it took some time before the GOP abandoned Nixon after Watergate). By the time they do, Mr. Trump's first term may be coming to a close anyway - and who knows where America will be after three more years under this Administration?
We can only wish the words of President Harry S. Truman rings true -"It's plain hokum. If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em. It's an old political trick. But this time it won't work." Let's hope we see our way through the mess created by Trump and his loyal, yet ideologically blinded followers. Have a great week!