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Why President Trump Wants a Trial in the Senate Why President Trump Wants a Trial in the Senate
by George Cassidy Payne
2019-11-28 10:22:10
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President Donald Trump now says that he would like a full Senate trial if the House votes to impeach him. Speaking on "Fox & Friends," he said, "I want a trial... and I want Hunter Biden and Adam Schiff to testify."

For certain Trump wants a trial, but it has nothing to do with getting at the truth of Ukranian corruption and the two Biden's alleged involvement. Trump wants a trial because he is tired of trying to function as a real governor of this nation's affairs.

trcong01_400Here are a few 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.)

What is more, according to a report in The New York Times, Trump spends at least 4 hours a day in front of a TV, and sometimes spends as many as eight hours watching television. "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."

After the golf, tweeting, and television binges, when is there actual time to govern?

Here's the bottom line: Trump doesn't want to govern. Not really. He never did. He wants impeachment because it gives him an excuse to be distracted and to be let off the hook from doing the day to day affairs of being POTUS. That and it's all about him.  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 administration; he 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. 

It's not a bad proposition for the president. If he is ultimately convicted, Trump can play the scapegoat and walk away from the job satisfied that he doesn't have to do it four more years. 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- promises such as immigration reform, fixing health care, and fixing trade.  A win-win for him and a major loss for the nation. What else is new?


George Cassidy Payne is a SUNY Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and a social worker. He lives in Rochester, NY.

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