The Washington Post smashed Trump this week in a fiery op-ed discussing his weakness. He lacks leverage, influence within the GOP, even his tweets have become “pathetic.”
Editor’s Note: Samuel Warde is the editor-in-chief of Liberals Unite (recently re-branded as The Art of Living) as well as a contributor to Mindy Fischer, Writer. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. You can view a list of his articles here.
As the walls continue to crumble around Trump, there’s nothing like reading an op-ed by The Washington Post detailing his fall from grace and increasing weakness. Indeed, The Washington Post went so far as to predict things are only going to get worse for him in their title: “The signs are mounting: Trump has been badly weakened. It will get worse for him.”
Mocking Republicans’ “great midterms victory!” [not], The Washington Post went straight for the jugular vein, writing that: “the real story right now is that Trump is weakened. He lacks leverage in the shutdown fight, and it’s plausible that he’s losing influence over congressional Republicans.”
Continuing, The Washington Post discussed Trump’s online antics, writing:
Trump’s rage-tweets about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation are looking increasingly pathetic and impotent. On Sunday night, Trump blustered that “people are starting to see and understand what this Witch Hunt is all about,” as if he’s winning the argument over the investigation through sheer force of tweet.
The remainder of the article provides more than ample support for the claim that Trump has been weakened and that things are going to continue to spiral out of his control.
For instance, WaPo cites this weeks’ NBC/Wall Street Journal national poll which showed that 62 percent of Americans think that Trump is being “untruthful” regarding Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
NBC News discussed that poll in a follow-up article, explaining that:
Six in 10 Americans say President Donald Trump has been untruthful about the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, while half of the country says the investigation has given them doubts about Trump’s presidency.
The survey, conducted a month after the results of November’s midterm elections, also finds more Americans want congressional Democrats — rather than Trump or congressional Republicans — to take the lead role in setting policy for the country.
The Washington Post continued their article, discussing the looming weight of investigations plaguing Trump:
Meanwhile, The Post offers a striking overview of the totality of the investigations Trump currently faces. They include civil lawsuits and investigations digging into Trump’s business holdings, his charity, his inaugural committee, and, of course, into his campaign’s possible conspiracy with Russia. The upshot: “Nearly every organization he has led in the past decade is under investigation.”
Or, as Wired’s Garrett Graff puts it, as we head into 2019, Trump “faces a legal assault unlike anything previously seen by any president.”
That Wired article, published this Monday, offers an in-depth analysis of the “17 (known) Trump and Russia investigations.”
The remainder of the Washington Post article details:
Rudy “Giuliani’s new and very weak defense of Trump,” and the fact that “Incentives for Republicans supporting Trump are weakening.”
Noting that “seven Senate Republicans joined with Democrats last week to vote to end the U.S. involvement in the Saudi war in Yemen, a resounding rebuke of Trump,” The Washington Post quoted political scientist Jonathan Bernstein:
The incentives for supporting Trump that have held since his election have suddenly become a lot weaker. In mid-July of 1974, President Richard Nixon could still count on virtually every conservative Republican in Congress to oppose his impeachment and removal, even if they weren’t exactly thrilled with him. By early August, he had only a handful of supporters remaining. That’s not to say that Trump’s support will necessarily evaporate — just that if it does, it could happen extremely quickly, perhaps in days.
The Washington Post concluded their article predicting that Democrats will prevail in the looming shutdown battle, and if the revelations of the last 24-hours are any indication – that prediction will indeed come true. Good.