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REYNOLDS: Republicans Have Coronated Trump as King

So now with the Republican-controlled Senate’s rush to acquit Trump in this rigged impeachment trial, Trump will soon be free to continue using foreign countries or any other illegal acts to ensure his reelection in 2020. What the Republicans have done is to coronate Trump a king who now has the green light to operate above the laws of our democracy without any consequences.

So without any checks and balances, the Trump one-party rule is free to continue as the most criminal White supremacist enterprise in our nation’s history.

Once Trump declared that if he shot someone in the middle of Broadway, nothing would happen and unfortunately, he was correct. In fact, this expected acquittal without witnesses is like declaring all crimes are legal as long as the king and his Republican court are the perpetrators. And of course, somehow, these antics always usually benefit his Russian benefactors.

For openers, as a result of this sham trial and acquittal foreign countries — as well as U.S. businesses — can be cajoled, intimidated, extorted, bribed to force compliance with Trump’s all-out, scorched-earth plan to retain the throne. In our new system of one-party rule, there are no enforceable laws to stop Trump. Also, he will continue raiding public funds to cut Medicaid, food stamps and housing funds while he sprinkles the money like fairy dust over the heads of his billionaire compatriots.

If not for a few brave whistleblowers, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Adam Schiff, the independent GAO and the Democrats who valiantly exposed Trump’s crimes, his wrongdoing would have just remained that underground shadow government that Trump, Rudy Giuliani and their cronies operate to enrich themselves and keep their boss in power.

“They were all in the loop, Trump knew everything,” according to Lev Parnas, a Giuliani aide who has been speaking to news sources. He, of course, was among the many firsthand witnesses who the Senate did not allow as witnesses, an unheard-of practice in all but sham trials.

But the worst infraction was not allowing former national security adviser John Bolton to speak, a firsthand witness with a new soon to be published book that reportedly said he was a witness to the taxpayer funds being illegally used as a weapon to force Ukrainian officials to help Trump.

And, as Pelosi has said, “all roads lead to Russia.” In 2016, Trump publicly called upon Russia to find thousands of his opponent Hillary’s emails and reports show that they hacked into cores of strategic websites and used fake websites to create chaos in tightly contested voting sites.

So now with all the rigmarole, it should not be forgotten that the Ukraine mess where U.S. taxpayers funds were used to try to force Ukrainian military officials to “dig up dirt,” on his main rival Joe Biden also had a pro-Russian benefit.

Witnesses before the House of Representatives, such as the acting chief Ukraine envoy, testified that Russia was the chief beneficiary of Trump’s decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine.

“Our holding up of security systems that would go to a country that is fighting aggression from Russia for no good policy reason, no good substantive reason, no good national security reason is wrong,” said former ambassador William Taylor.

Aside from Trump acting as if he is more of an agent of Russia’s Putin than the president of his own citizens, there is so much a king can do that a president who is accountable to legalities could not do. First of all, Trump can and will use any means to stay in office and fuel his private agenda. That could mean starting wars, draining tax funds from states trying to correct voting irregularities, diverting funds from the military to build his wall, cutting off Obamacare that helps the non-rich afford health coverage, raiding budgets for the homeless, the hungry, the sick to continue the transference of wealth to his Billionaire club.

Also, he can continue purging from the Executive Branch, the Diplomatic Corps and the military all who dare not kowtow to his demands. Recent tapes show that Trump ordered Parnas “to take her out,” a reference to Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanivitch who was criticizing Trump’s move to stop the much-needed aid to Ukraine. Some noted that phrase has been associated with Mafia activities and the ambassador, herself, said she felt threatened.

There, of course, is still one cliffhanger. About 70 percent of those polled said they wanted the GOP controlled Senate to allow crucial witnesses and documents. And if the public remains unwilling to be governed by a monarchy rather than a democracy, the Trump kingdom can still come down.

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