Who’s that man standing behind the lectern with the “Trump” placard on it? It’s Mike Pence, the 46th President of the United States.
You heard me right. President Pence. Absorb that concept and ask yourself how you feel about Donald Trump and the Republican leadership deciding that some right-wing, ultra-conservative establishment Republican is going to be our next president. But I’m starting at the end, so let me fill you in on the details.
Remember last week? Trump realized that his publicity-stunt presidential bid had gone farther than he ever expected. He decided to pull the plug by doing a “crash and burn.” He went from leading Clinton in some polls to Clinton having a double-digit lead. There was even talk of the RNC replacing him with another candidate. Then, suddenly, Trump reversed course and “endorsed” Paul Ryan, John McCain and Kelly Ayotte. But the “endorsements” were obviously disingenuous, which is apparent from his tone and demeanor while announcing them.
The speech was obviously scripted. The question is why and by who. The answers to these two questions are shocking.
The why is because Donald Trump doesn’t want to serve as president of the United States. He is completely unqualified. He knows it, the Republican leadership knows it and the majority of right-thinking Americans know it. The answer to who is behind the sudden change in course is the Republican leadership. But what is behind this abrupt tack in the campaign?
Never, in the entire history of the United States, has a candidate nominated by a major party withdrawn before the election. While the RNC claimed that the “rules” permitted them to replace Trump if he voluntarily withdrew, those rules have never been tested. More importantly, the voters supporting Trump are not, for the most part, mainstream Republicans. They are disgruntled independent voters looking for an outsider to shake things up. So the Republican leadership came to the conclusion that replacing Trump would result in near-certain defeat in November, possibly even resulting in “down-ticket” candidates being ousted by Democrats.
So the Republican leadership had to come up with a solution that would help protect their House and Senate majorities and ensure that Trump wouldn’t be president. At least not for any length of time. So here’s their 7 step plan, exposed:
- Trump plays ball with the Republican leadership and party and “toes the party line.”
- Republicans, even those who have been reluctant to back Trump, endorse him because “he’s not really going to be the guy. It’ll be Pence.“
- The RNC provides Trump with the full resources of the Republican establishment (i.e., a real transition team with experience).
- Trump and the Republicans ramp up the “anti-Hillary” rhetoric from all quarters.
- Trump gets elected 45th President of the United States.
- They create a plausible reason for Trump to step down shortly after the inauguration (such as a phony health or other problem).
- Mike Pence becomes the 46th President of the United States.
There you have it. Unless Hillary suddenly gains in popularity, or the media stops providing Trump with free airtime, or Trump goes off-message again because he just can’t stop himself, or the American people wake up and realize they are being played for suckers, you can look forward to Mike Pence as President of the United States in 2017. Hail to the chief!
God help us. . . .
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