There were a few things in the Mueller report that may have surprised some people. However, for the most part the Mueller report confirms what we all already knew. Yes, all of us. From Trump supporters, to never Trumpers. We already knew the following things about President Trump. The report simply confirmed them.
First, let me give you my strategy. As you read each point, you’ll likely disagree with me. You’ll see how one side might have known it, but not the other. However, if you give me the chance I’ll prove that both sides already knew it on each point. Ready? Let’s go.
What the Mueller Report confirms.
1. The President of the United States is a pathological liar.
A pathological liar is a person who lies even when there is no necessitating factor driving the lie. Moreover, President Trump lies even when he knows that you know that he’s lying to you.
Trump supporters knew this already. As previously discussed, the President claimed to have shut down the government because Congress wouldn’t give him money for the wall. His supporters stood behind him. However, halfway through the shutdown he claimed to be building the wall that he was simultaneously claiming he had no money to build.
According to Mueller’s report, revealed last week, the president ordered McGahn to have the special counsel removed in mid-2017. McGahn refused and later told another White House aide that the president asked him to “do crazy s—.”
There was no need to lie here. People ask their lawyers to do illegal things all the time. In fact, that’s the whole point of having a White House Counsel. To advise the President on the legality and ethics of potential actions before he takes them. This situation leads us to our second point.
2. President Trump needs adult supervision.
Again, Trump supporters are well aware of this. Consider his selection of Mike Pence. He needed him to get the conservatives on board. Why? Adult in the room. Moreover, the Pence pick was made by another adult in the room. Paul Manafort, lied to Trump about problems with his plane to keep him in Indiana.
President Trump wanted Chris Christie to be Vice President. It took one adult to trick him into putting another adult in the room. However, Trump was just a candidate then. The adults were trying to keep him from sinking the party. Now adults like Don Mcgahn are protecting him from his impulses that would sink his Presidency.
3. President Trump is an incompetent leader.
It’s not just Don Mcgahn refusing to follow the President’s orders. Corey Lewandowski and others have done the same.
Trump’s supporters are well aware of the fact that he lacks leadership skills. They don’t word it that way, however. They say his failures are because Democrats oppose him no matter what. Furthermore, they blame Republicans who won’t follow him. The reality is, you’re not a leader if nobody is following you. The Mueller report confirms that even his inner circle isn’t following him.
4. Trump’s loyal insiders are lying for him.
We all already knew this. On day one, President Trump sent his press secretary out to lie for him. Kellyanne Conway admitted as much. She called it “alternative facts”. However, we all know that the alternative to a fact by definition isn’t factual.
We received confirmation of this from the Mueller report. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is also lying for the President. This should surprise nobody. President Trump is a liar. Hence, his mouthpiece will have to lie as well.
5. Those who won’t lie remain silent while the others do.
When White House Counsel Don McGahn was asked to lie for President Trump, he declined to do so. However, when President Trump and others lied about the incident in question, McGahn remained silent. From the Mueller Report.
McGahn also told investigators that the president had asked him to deny having been asked to fire Mueller.
“I haven’t given it any thought. … Well, I’ve been reading about it from you people. You say, ‘Oh, I’m going to dismiss him.’ No, I’m not dismissing anybody.”
Which leads me to my final point.
6. The Trump Administration is the leading propagator of fake news.
President Trump calls out fake news in an attempt to dismiss legitimate criticism. However, the New York Times got the story right. It was President Trump who was spreading fake news when he denied it. Again, we all already knew this about the President. Remember when he tried to claim that the Access Hollywood video that we all saw was a fake?
Consider this. Let’s all flash back to 2014. Had I asked you then to name me a media outlet or publication that pushed fake news, I’m willing to bet at least 75% of you would have named the same paper. The National Enquirer. However, this is an outlet that Trump tried to legitimize during the campaign. In return, that outlet bought stories that were negative towards Trump for the purpose of killing them before other outlets could report them.
The Mueller report confirms that the President was saved by his ineptitude.
President Trump didn’t collude with Russia. However, he did at a minimum attempt to obstruct justice. The adults in the room prevented him from succeeding. Trump’s supporters famously complain about anyone who doesn’t cater to the President’s every demand. In this case, they should thank their lucky stars that members of his own staff and the White House Counsel’s office denied him his wishes.
In the meantime, I am grateful to the adults in the room. Furthermore, I am hopeful that they can continue to contain the 72 year old child they are babysitting for us. The well being of the nation depends on them. The country is so divided right now that I’m not sure we could withstand an impeachment trial at this time.