With the Republican-controlled Senate’s rush to acquit President Donald Trump in this rigged impeachment trial, Trump is free to continue using foreign countries or any other illegal acts to ensure his re-election in 2020. What the Republicans have done is to coronate Trump a king who now has the green light to operate above the laws of our democracy without any consequences.
So without any checks and balances, the Trump one-party rule is free to continue as the most criminal White supremacist enterprise in our nation’s history.
Once Trump declared that if he shot someone in the middle of Broadway, nothing would happen. Unfortunately, he was correct. This acquittal without witnesses is like declaring all crimes are legal as long as the king and his Republican court are the perpetrators. And of course somehow, these antics always usually benefit his Russian benefactors.
For openers, as a result of this sham trial and acquittal, foreign countries – as well as U.S. businesses – can be cajoled, intimidated, extorted, or bribed to force compliance with Trump’s all-out scorched earth plan to retain the throne. In our new system of one-party rule, there are no enforceable laws to stop Trump. He will continue raiding public funds to cut Medicaid, food stamps and housing funds while he sprinkles the money like fairy dust over the heads of his billionaire compatriots.
If it were not for a few brave whistleblowers, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Adam Schiff, the independent GAO and the Democrats who valiantly exposed Trump’s crimes, his wrong-doing would have just remained that underground shadow government that Trump, Rudy Giuliani and their cronies operate to enrich themselves and keep their Boss in power.
Why no witnesses?
“They were all in the loop. Trump knew everything,” according to Lev Parnas, a Giuliani aide who has been speaking to news sources. He, of course, was among the many first-hand witnesses – who the Senate did not allow as witnesses, an unheard-of practice in all but sham trials.
But the worst infraction was not allowing former National Security Advisor John Bolton to speak. He was a first-hand witness with a new soon-to-be published book that reportedly said he was a witness to the illegal taxpayer funds being used as a weapon to force Ukrainian officials to help Trump.
Russia in the background
One spot to watch is what House Speaker Pelosi has said, “All roads lead to Russia.” In 2016, Trump publicly called upon Russia to find thousands of his opponent Hillary’s e-mails and reports show that they hacked into cores of strategic websites and used fake websites to create chaos in tightly-contested voting sites.
It should not be forgotten that the Ukraine mess where U.S. taxpayers funds were used to try to force Ukrainian military officials to “dig up dirt,” on his main rival Joe Biden also had a pro-Russian benefit. Witnesses before the House of Representative, such as the acting chief Ukraine envoy, testified that Russia was the chief beneficiary of Trump’s decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine.
“Our holding up of security systems that would go to a country that is fighting aggression from Russia for no good policy reason, no good substantive reason, no good national security reason is wrong,” said former ambassador William Taylor.
Aside from Trump acting as if he is more of an agent of Russia’s Putin than president of some of his own citizens, there is so much a king can do that a president who is accountable to legalities could not do.
He will do anything
First of all, Trump can and will use any means to stay in office and fuel his private agenda. That could mean starting wars, draining tax funds from states trying to correct voting irregularities, diverting funds from the military to build his wall, cutting off Obamacare that helps the non-rich afford health coverage, raiding budgets for the homeless, the hungry, and the sick to continue the transference of wealth to his billionaire club.
He can continue purging people from the executive branch, the diplomatic corps and the military who dare not kowtow to his demands. Recent tapes show that Trump ordered Parnas “to take her out,” a reference to Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanivitch who was criticizing Trump’s move to stop the muchneeded aid to Ukraine. Some noted that phrase has been associated with Mafia activities and the ambassador herself said she felt threatened.
There is still one cliffhanger. About 70 percent of those polled said they wanted the GOP-controlled Senate to allow crucial witnesses and documents. If the public still remains unwilling to be governed by a monarchy rather than a democracy, the Trump kingdom can still come down.
Dr. Barbara Reynolds is a former editorial writer and columnist for USA TODAY. She has also written for The Washington Post, Essence Magazine, Playboy Magazine, and the Trice Edney News Wire, and is the author of seven books, including “Coretta Scott King: My Life, My Love, My Legacy,” published in paperback in 2018.