Students of history in the future will shake their heads in disbelief that Trump was able to fool so many Americans into believing his lies, accepting his hypocrisy, and scaring every Republican member of Congress into submission. They will look at the unimpressive photos of him, the embarrassing, unintelligible rants, and be thankful they did not live through the degrading of American during the Trump era. This weekend was another low for Trump as he rallied his religious base to rebel against the COVID-19 precautions put forth by the CDC as the Memorial Weekend began. “Go back to church, ” he shouted, “this world is need of more prayer”. In his own brand of reckless leadership, he made no mention of supporting social distancing or wearing masks. He encouraged people to go out and enjoy themselves, and like a good “Disneyland dad” did not risk providing any form of guidance to protect those he is responsible to lead. No wonder all of his children look like shell-shocked mannequins. In close proximity to him, I imagine he could be quite scary if you relied on him for money or a job.
It seems that being the U.S. President does allow you to be above the law. No matter how many times House Speaker Pelosi says, “no one is above the law”, it is not true. In this country, whether based on interpretation of the Constitution of DOJ policy, Trump has proven that a rogue president with low character and a tendency towards criminality, can get away with anything. He can slander, commit obstruction of justice, block legal subpoenas, break the rules of Twitter, spread lies and conspiracy theories, testify falsely in writing under oath to a special prosecutor, offer a bribe to the leader of a foreign country, etc., and get away with it. With certainty, as Congress gets younger and smarter, the power of the presidency will be legislatively reduced as Trump as revealed dangerous wiggle room in the Constitution that this country could have never imagined. The founding fathers tried to protect us by the co-equal branch of government model, but Trump has taught us if a president suffers from malignant narcissism, has autocratic leanings, is a pathological liar, and a knows how to manipulate masses of people by gaslighting, democracy could crumble.