Forgive me for getting ahead of myself, but my mind sometimes wanders far a good bit into the future at times.
My mind is teasing me at the moment with this question: How is Donald John Trump going to exit the presidency of the United States?
I keep wondering if he is capable of going out with grace, keeping the tradition long established by a “peaceful” and “seamless” transition of power from one president to the next one.
I won’t predict when that transition will occur. I guess it’s OK to mention five options that await the president:
- He could get re-elected in 2020 and serve the remainder of his presidency until he must exit, according to the U.S. Constitution.
- He could be defeated for re-election in 2020.
- He might decide against seeking a second term.
- He could be impeached by the House of Representatives and then convicted in the Senate after Democrats re-take control of both congressional chambers in the 2018 mid-term election.
- He could quit before being impeached.
I won’t predict which of those events will occur. In a strange way, though, it seems quite likely to my own mind that no matter how this man exits the presidency, he isn’t going to go away quietly.
Donald Trump just ain’t wired to behave the way those who occupy this exalted office usually do.
Let’s all prepare for continued turbulence.