Does President Trump Have Any More Cards to Play or Is It Game Over?

There has been intense speculation for the past several weeks as the post-election drama has continued to build over whether President Donald J. Trump has any more cards left to play in his efforts to remain in the Oval Office.As I put the finishing touches on this column, the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), has just finished impeaching Trump for a second time.This is most curious when one considers that Trump is supposedly leaving in just six short days anyway, on Jan. 20, when Joseph R. Biden is scheduled to be sworn in as the nation’s 46th president.This current rush to this second impeachment makes even less sense than the previous one did, where a completely innocent phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was somehow turned into a crime.The present impeachment article claims Trump incited insurrection when he encouraged his supporters to become violent as he addressed them in the nation’s capital, at the Ellipse, just a short distance from the White House on Jan. 6.The article states:“Shortly before the Joint Session commenced, President Trump addressed a crowd at the Ellipse in Washington DC. There, he reiterated false claims that ‘we won this election, and we won it by a landslide’. He also willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged—and foreseeably resulted in—lawless action at the Capitol, such as: ‘if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore’. Thus incited by President Trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to, among other objectives, interfere with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President, and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive and seditious acts.”This is absurd.Nowhere in his comments to the crowd that day did the president call for any violence.

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