Trump is slowly realizing what everyone else knows: He's in serious trouble now.
Trump and his Republican Party had a terrible Tuesday night.
Not that Trump understood what was happening, as Democrats took back the House, flipped seven governorships and at least half a dozen legislative chambers, and even picked up a Senate seat in Nevada.
On Tuesday, Trump called his party's thrashing a "tremendous success." On Wednesday, he woke up and started whining that the media was not going to give him "proper credit for this great Midterm Election."
But then someone apparently explained to him that actually, losing the House is a very big and very bad deal for him.
"If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level," he tweeted. "Two can play that game!"
To date, the Republican-controlled Congress has allowed Trump to do whatever he wants, refusing to perform basic constitutional oversight duties. The unchecked corruption by Trump, his family, and his administration is staggering:
- Trump is at the center of an ongoing FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
- Senior Trump officials have pleaded guilty to federal charges, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and campaign aides Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos.
- Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was found guilty on 8 counts, including multiple instances of tax and bank fraud.
- Trump’s son Donald Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner met with a Russian operative offering dirt on Hillary Clinton in 2016.
- Trump refused to set up a blind trust, as other presidents have in the past. This allows him to make money from the Trump businesses while also influencing operations as president.
- Senior Trump aide Kellyanne Conway used an appearance on Fox News to tell viewers to buy Ivanka Trump’s line of jewelry.
- Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have revised their ethics disclosure documents at least 40 times after failing to disclose their conflicts of interest on official government documents.
- Walter Shaub, then-director of the Office of Government Ethics, quit his job in protest of Trump’s wholehearted embrace of public corruption while in office.
- Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey after he refused to publicly vouch for Trump’s innocence regarding the FBI’s Russia investigation.
- Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she refused to implement his bigoted ban on Muslim travel. He then tried to block her from testifying about Russian election interference.
- Trump has spent 210 days at his properties, including 159 days at his golf properties. This has allowed him to use the presidency as a vehicle to advertise his private holdings.
- Trump’s D.C. hotel charges a premium over similar hotels in the area, where people stay as a way to curry Trump’s favor and gain influence over his administration. He profits personally from that premium.
- Trump gave multiple people who could not pass a background check access to “Top Secret” material. Those people include Jared Kushner and Trump aide Rob Porter, who was accused of spousal abuse.
- Scott Pruitt, Trump’s former EPA chief, was deeply involved in multiple scandals, including renting property from a lobbyist at cut-rate prices and going on luxury vacations at taxpayer expense.
- Tom Price, Trump’s then-HHS secretary, was forced out after he was exposed for traveling on private jets using tax dollars.
- Ryan Zinke, Trump’s secretary of the Interior Department, and his senior aide Kellyanne Conway flew on private jets with taxpayer funds.
But now that Democrats will control the House and will have the power to investigate Trump's crimes and misdemeanors, Trump's free ride is over.
No more will lapdogs like Republican Rep. Devin Nunes be in charge of the committees that have plainly refused to hold the Trump team accountable. Those many questions about Trump's tax cheating, conflicts of interest, obstruction of justice, and possible collusion with Russia will finally get the congressional attention they — and the American people — deserve.
And finally, after allowing Trump to embarrass himself by pretending Tuesday night was a victory for the GOP, someone sat Trump down and let him know that he is in serious trouble.
Trump's ridiculous, nonsensical threat to somehow order the Senate to investigate the House as retribution for investigating Trump isn't going to save him. Nor does it make him look any less guilty.
The grown-ups are going to be in charge, and the grown-ups are not going to let the tantrum-throwing toddler in chief run roughshod over the country and the Constitution one minute longer.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.