Washington is no place for a lone wolf.
In the ecosystem of politics, pack animals thrive while those who don’t have the support of the group inevitably always get trampled –
even if it’s the president of the United States.
Donald Trump had a pack at one point. He picked them himself from those he deemed to be his greatest supporters.
But they’re all gone now, and Trump is now left with nobody to blame but himself, which means the next time he says something like he did this week about the Charlottesville may be the beginning of the end for the president of the United States.
This week, Steve Bannon stepped down as Trump’s senior adviser. Bannon, the former Breitbart editor who is now back at the right wing publication, is also now free to discuss the sordid state of affairs within the White House.
“No administration in history has ever been so divided,” Bannon said.
Trump said he fired Bannon. Others said the decision was either Bannon’s or mutual. Before Bannon’s exit, one last Trump tirade was blamed on the man credited with delivering Trump’s election victory on the backs of white supremacist and alt-right voters.
After the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended with a white supremacist driving a car through a crowd of leftist counter-protesters – killing one and injuring about 20 others – Trump took to the airwaves to address the division but failed to denounce white supremacy and the radical right, again his support base.
Reaction across America was swift and clear calling for Trump to do better as leader of a progressive, first world country.
Trump read a prepared statement two days later saying, “Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to all that we hold dear as Americans.”
But that wasn’t enough for Trump. Feeling like reading the statement was not worth it because he did not receive the public credit for reading words someone else wrote, Trump backtracked again the next day, doubling down on his “both sides are dangerous” theory.
“I think there is blame on both sides,” Trump said at Trump Tower in Manhattan. “You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now.”
That statement caused an avalanche with Trump at the top of the mountain and most GOP and White House support crumbling down the cliffs around him.
Two groups of CEOs and American business leaders chose to disband their advisory groups after Trump’s comments in Manhattan meaning Trump can’t even brag about his business prowess at this point.
Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate – as well as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan – turned on Trump after the comments as well.
Some blamed Bannon for Trump’s final outburst as an attempt to save the base of support that got him elected, but that is both possibly not true and the last time that will ever happen.
Bannon is now untethered. He came out and called white nationalists “losers” and called Trump’s election a fraud built on promises he cannot and will not keep.
So to recap, Trump has now alienated both white supremacists and the rest of America that is not racist. He has alienated his own party and the Democrats. Bannon is one of the long list of those appointed by Trump to serve him in the White House who are now gone: Mike Flynn, Reince Priebus, and Sean Spicer. And the CEOs appointed to his business councils are now gone.
Trump is alone.
And that makes sense.
He never had the support of anybody who wasn’t a fan of The Apprentice reality show he produced. New Yorkers continue to say this is the Trump they’ve known and hated for years.
He was not a Republican until he ran for the presidency. He only earned the support of GOP lawmakers because they were afraid to not have the president of the United States in their corner. Even Paul Ryan opposed Trump until forced to break bread with the election winner. Now they are united in condemning the words of a president who has chosen the racist minority over the American, progressive majority.
Every incendiary, racist, sexist, misogynistic, un-politically correct thing Trump has said has had an excuse because of the potential for what he may be able to do in office. Now America has seen what he can do, and there are no more scapegoats left to blame. He has passed no meaningful policy. He has not cracked down on trade regulations. North Korea is making the United States look weak and unable to handle the missile threat. Trump has no allies in the international sphere, and 40 per cent of Americans would like to see him impeached.
Trump is inept and potentially mentally unstable. Cementing his solitary role at the top of the White House is the fact that his family doesn’t even live with him in the White House as is customary.
Healthcare and infrastructure has not been addressed. Republicans have gone on the record to say they hope Trump says nothing about tax reform so they can pass it.
Because that’s where American politics are at.
Voters elected a true King Midas. Like Trump, Midas had an affinity for gold. Also like Trump, everything he touched died. •