By Colleen O'Connor
Special Counsel Robert Mueller may be the “A” team in the investigation of Russian election meddling, money laundering, obstruction of justice and collusion, but he is not the greatest danger to the President.
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That danger is the “B” team of the belle, the book and Bannon.
There is definitely a wave coming. Catching that wave—as everyone near a beach knows—requires that you stay ahead of the swell.
Taken in reverse order: Steve Bannon (a real slouch in all but his political and strategic thinking) on the women’s wave that is going to take down Trump.
“It’s even more powerful than populism. It’s deeper. It’s primal. It’s elemental,” he said.
“You watch. The time has come. Women are ‘gonna take charge of society. And they couldn’t juxtapose a better villain than Trump. He is the patriarch. This…is a definitional moment in the culture. It’ll never be the same going forward.”
“The anti-patriarchy movement is going to undo ten thousand years of recorded history.”
Look back on the Women’s March on Washington — quiet, somber, global, and way bigger than Trump’s inaugural crowd — as well as the #MeToo movement that has exposed the horrific stories of sexual harassment and abuse, and you can feel the Mavericks wave about to drown Trump’s “winning bigly” pose in the next election.
Then there is the book. Only there isn’t just one. The first book to dump Trump off his perch was Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.” It was an instant international best seller, full of Bannon quotes and soap opera tales. The stinging summary:
“Here, arguably, was the central issue of the Trump presidency…He didn’t process information in any conventional sense. He didn’t read. He didn’t really even skim. Some believed that for all practical purposes he was no more than semi-literate.”
“It was, said [Deputy Chief of State Katie] Walsh, ‘like trying to figure out what a child wants.’”
Others compared the Trump White House to a “day care center.”
More books have been published, more are in process, all racing to cash in on what are riveting and head-turning truths about a dysfunctional administration.
Watch these book contracts—with large advances. Often times to alter a witnesses’ memory, or change a politician’s vote, or deliver laundered money, the bribe takes the form of a book deal. A huge advance is offered. Signed, sealed, and delivered. Only the book is a dud, few sales result, but—wait for it—the big cash advance is never required to be repaid to the publisher.
Those are the silent waves, still outside the breakers, but may already be in view of the Mueller’s team.
Yet, these aren’t the biggest threat to Trump.
The biggest “B” team danger to Trump—is the belle—“Stormy Daniels.” The porn star who has alleged that she and Trump had a year-long affair around the time of Melania’s Trump’s pregnancy and birth of son Barron. “Stormy” is going to tell her story this weekend.
This affair is not the “ghost wave,” which comes out of nowhere and terrifies even old sea salts, that will sink Trump in infamy. It is already common knowledge that he is a cad.
Nor, it is the news of a Monica Lewinsky dress that the aforementioned mistress is reported to have kept. Not a blue dress. A gold one. Soon to be tested for DNA proof.
The ghost wave, currently hidden from view, is the real unknown. You can sense it and fear it, but can’t always time it. And now you can read about it in the latest bombshell, the just published New Yorker article by Ronan Farrow.
He exposes the “catch and kill” practices for buying and hiding unflattering stories, about hush money and mistresses—in ever more clever ways and in more ugly detail. Even the Trump family members appear as nonchalant enablers.
Still, it is up to Melania—the silent Slovenian—to make the next move.
In legal terms, it is called a pre-nuptial agreement. Is that what keeps the Trumps together?
How much humiliation can she take? What will she do to protect her son?
An agreement may or may not exist. It may or may not include financial or custody options, in case of infidelity or other improprieties. An agreement may or may not surface at an inconvenient moment.
In this new age of “new not normal,” a nasty divorce filing, an ugly custody fight that all parents will abhor, plus even more tell all books, and investigative journalism—like Farrow’s—may finally disgust Trump’s evangelical base and drown this White House.
That is the real “ghost wave” that could topple the presidency. Few ever see it coming.
But, Ronan Farrow has.
Colleen O’Connor is a native San Diegan and a retired college professor.
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