Trump’s “Teflon” image – the one where no matter what Trump does wrong (“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot someone and not lose voters”) results in nothing sticking – needs to be examined more closely. It holds the answers to the current tsunami regarding the Mueller investigation.
We can clearly see the many crimes/wrongs Trump has committed against thousands and thousands, maybe even millions of people… yet nothing stymies Trump. He’s never held accountable. Never permanently sidelined. Never restrained in jail. Never even had to do community service. Trump manages to overthrow his enemies and opposers, and all the higher angels determined to keep the scales balanced, using one consistent dark tactic that’s become the cornerstone of his survivability through all of his twisted schemes.
Trump has mastered the art of Obstructing Justice.
It truly is an art. The Art of the Deal in fact. That is the deal. Trump’s deal making is a simple matter of force, intimidation and threats. Coercing the other party into accepting his warped, unjust offer.
Merriam-Webster Law Dictionary, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE LEGAL DEFINITION: the crime or act of willfully interfering with the process of justice and law especially by influencing, threatening, harming, or impeding a witness, potential witness, juror, or judicial or legal officer or by furnishing false information in or otherwise impeding an investigation or legal process.
Trump had several adept mentors who were gifted at bestowing their nefarious ways upon their mentee: Roy Cohn, Mob Boss Nicky Scarfo, mobster Daniel Sullivan, the Russian Mob, Dictator Putin… to name a few.
Crimes that Trump has already succeeded at Obstructing Justice for (beginning in 1973, so that’s 55 years of Obstructing Justice):
- Money Laundering
- Sexual Assault
- Contract Disputes
- Tax evasion
- Civil Rights Violations
- Ethics Violations
- Inciting violence
- Personal Injury
- A total of more than 3,500 lawsuits
So back to the present. Trump has lost his tight inner circle of loyalists at the White House. The few advisors who remain are not loyalists, so there’s no trust. Trump’s begun shunning their advice, trusting only in his “gut.” Trump’s core, his gut, consists of 55 years of Obstructing Justice. He knows no other way. He’s not going to change. Live by the sword, be dethroned by the sword.
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