Lawrence O’Donnell’s Alternate Impeachment Theory: Republican Leader Ready to Ditch Trump in 2020

Lawrence O’Donnell’s Alternate Impeachment Theory: Republican Leader Ready to Ditch Trump in 2020


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
Contributor on The Bipartisan Press

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Donald Trump and his friends on the Right regularly traffic in so many wild conspiracy theories. So forgive us over here on the other side what might be one single one.

It comes from MSNBC host and former Senate staffer Lawrence O’Donnell, who recently posited a uniquely Machiavellian reason for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) acquiescing to the release of the whistleblower complaint at the center of the scandal which has finally triggered an impeachment inquiry against Trump.

To hear O’Donnell tell it, McConnell knew that the complaint would come out eventually–it was just a matter of timing.

“McConnell is looking at that saying, ‘Do I want them to get it a year from now, in September, when I am locked into a nominee for president? Or do I wanna get this as soon as possible to find out what the weight of it is while we still have time to change nominees? That’s my alternative theory,” O’Donnell explained.

When you stop to think about it–really think about it–it makes a certain amount of sense.

We know that Trump’s sense of loyalty is entirely one-sided: toward him. Why wouldn’t his Republican allies respond in kind?

Defend Trump when it suits them, but when he becomes too much of a liability, why shouldn’t the Republicans be just as quick to throw Trump under the bus and move on to the next, better model?

After all, isn’t that just the Trump way?

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    Katie Marshall October 5, 2019

    My husband and I have recently had a discussion on how and why the GOP will throw this megalomaniac under the bus and you have pretty much nailed down our conclusions.

    I can see Mitch McConnell and possibly Lyndsey Graham throwing their hat into the ring but as for other Congress people and senators not too sure. Before his retirement I’d have definitely said Jeff Flake but he has seen the light and wants a quiet life now which he deserves after his friend Senator McCain passed away.

    For clarity 40yr SNP voter from Glasgow in Scotland also an unhinged realist (haha).