Ever since a whistleblower alleged that President Donald Trump withheld aid from Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into his political opponent, Trump’s defense has been to call the entire episode “absolutely, totally appropriate” — and then prepare for battle.
The subsequent impeachment proceedings? A revenge-motivated “lynching” that Republicans needed to treat as a war they needed to win. The Democrats investigating him? Trump called them peddlers of “bullshit,” who would lose in 2020 if they didn’t relent. (“Get a better candidate this time, you'll need it!”) And what if Trump does get removed from office? In September, the president tweeted a quote from Pastor Robert Jeffress, warning that if the Democrats removed him as president, “it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.”