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Mueller report sheds light on Trump's character

By Robert B. Reich, Tribune Content Agency on

Democrats in Congress and talking heads on television will be consumed in the coming weeks by whether the evidence in the Mueller report, especially of obstruction of justice, merits impeachment.

Meanwhile, the question of "wink-wink" cooperation with Russia still looms. Mueller's quote of Trump, when first learning a special counsel had been appointed -- "Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I'm f***ed" -- has already become a national tagline. Why, Americans wonder, would Trump feel so threatened if he hadn't done something so awful as to warrant that sort of panic?

Added to this will be Mueller's own testimony before Congress, and Congress's own investigations of Trump.

But let's be real. Trump will not be removed by impeachment. No president has been. With a Republican Senate controlled by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the most irresponsible political hack ever to be majority leader, the chances are nil.

Which means Trump will have to be removed the old-fashioned way -- by voters in an election 19 months away.

The practical question is whether the Mueller report and all that surrounds it will affect that election.

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Most Americans already hold a low opinion of Trump. He's the only president in Gallup polling history never to have earned the support of majority for single day of his term.

Yet Mueller's report probably won't move any of the 40 percent who have held tight to Trump regardless.

So how to reach the 11 percent or 12 percent who may decide the outcome?

Reveal his moral loathsomeness.

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