VIEW FROM HERE-President Donald Trump recently said he would like a full Senate trial if the House votes to impeach him.
"I want a trial," he said, and, "I want Hunter Biden and Adam Schiff to testify."
Dear readers, don't be bamboozled. Trump wants a trial, but it has nothing to do with getting at the truth of Ukrainian corruption and the two Biden's alleged involvement. He wants a trial because he is tired of trying to function as a real governor of this nation's affairs.
Here are a few fun facts: Trump has spent 91 days at Mar a Lago. He has spent 75 days at Bedminister. Altogether, Trump has visited his golf clubs once every 4.7 days since his inauguration. The projected number of visits to his golf clubs in four years will be 313, or 626 in eight years. (The total times Obama played golf during his eight-year Presidency was 306.)
The NYT reports that "Trump begins each day around 5:30 a.m. by turning on CNN before quickly flipping to Fox News's "Fox & Friends." He occasionally watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because it works him up."
Here's the bottom line: Trump doesn't want to govern. He never did. He wants impeachment because it gives him an excuse to be distracted, uninvolved in the day to day affairs of being president. That and it's all about him. What could a narcissist of his caliber enjoy better than that? It's actually a perfect scenario for him. He loves television and he loves to see himself on television. A trial in the Senate will be the ultimate television spectacle with his favorite character front and center as the whole world watches.
Given a license to be all consumed by impeachment matters, he doesn't have to work at the grind of being POTUS; he just gets to sit back and watch others defend him or tear him apart. Either way, it's pure, unadulterated entertainment that feeds into his insatiable ego. If he is ultimately convicted, Trump can play the scapegoat card and walk away from the job satisfied that he doesn't have to do it four more years (he never really wanted to be POTUS in the first place). If he is victorious, he gets to ride the wave of adulation that comes with vindication and can claim he was never given a chance to accomplish the goals he set forth in his campaign (i.e., immigration reform, fixing health care, getting us out of the Middle East, raising wages, fixing trade, and more.) A win-win for him and a major loss for the nation. What else is new?
George Cassidy Payne is an independent writer, social justice activist, and domestic violence counselor. He is a CityWatch contributor.) Prepped for CityWatch by Linda Abrams.