Will Trump Make It Through 2018?

Love him or hate him, 2017 was the Year of Trump. From the moment Donald Trump became president, every day has brought about a new — and often shocking — headline: resigning Cabinet members, chest-thumping war rhetoric†and, most recently,†tax “cuts” that deepen the chasm between the country’s poor and wealthy.

But can President Trump†really keep up this behavior? With less education that any previous president in modern history, no political experience and absolutely no background in diplomacy or foreign affairs, the most powerful man in the world has coasted through his first year in the White House by tweeting at his enemies and absorbing hours of Fox News.

No matter how much†Trump cocoons himself in accolades and†his echo chamber, his administration†is still coming apart at the seams. Can†President Trump last through 2018? Or will this be the year he steps down for good?

Popular support for the president is waning quickly, and†many of his opponents†believe he should be removed from office over possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 election. As†Newsweek†reports:

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal†survey, out Wednesday, carried very little good news for the president and put him on notice that 41 percent of Americans believe there is enough reason for Congress to hold impeachment hearings, even before the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The poll found that 70 percent of Democrats, 40 percent of independents†and even 7 percent of Republicans are in favor of the hearings.

Of course, impeachment hearings require the cooperation of the House — a chamber solidly†controlled by the GOP, making efforts there likely to hit a stone wall. But that’s just at present. Should Democrats manage to flip the House in 2018, then that very well could put impeachment proceedings on the table — and the left is already making preparations.

According to the Washington Post,†the clearest indicator yet was the election of New York Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler to be the next chair the House Judiciary Committee:

Nadler won a secret ballot 118 to 72, demonstrating that this caucus wants to be ready to clash with Trump if it vaults into the majority after next yearís midterm elections. “There is nobody better prepared, if the president messes around with the Constitution, to handle it than Jerry Nadler,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said after the vote.

Flipping the House to a Democratic majority is a definite long-shot, especially considering†rampant Republican†gerrymandering. But if the Democrats flip the Senate and Republicans lose enough seats in the House in the next election, the GOP might be willing to play ball with the other side of the aisle in order to rid themselves of a presidential albatross and start over clean for 2020.

Still, midterms†take place†late in 2018, and neither side†will want to†discuss†impeachment as that time approaches,†since every member of the House is up for re-election.

But President Trump isn’t like any president before him. For the first time, there’s a legitimate chance that he could simply decide he no longer wants the job and just walk away. After all, this is a man used to calling all the shots, answering to no one and reveling in praise. For now, the yes men and women surrounding Trump†are enough — but how long will that last?

There’s a reason that the right is sending him on the road to rally for uber-conservative candidates, despite the fact that, you know, he’s supposed to†be running the country.††President Trump needs the constant adoration and applause, and shelter from all criticism. If he gets wind of how unpopular his policies really are, well, there is no guarantee he wouldn’t just walk out of the White House and never come back.

It’s unlikely that†the president†will†leave office through traditional channels at any point in 2018. But†will President Trump just quit? It’s still a slim chance, but†that’s better than no chance at all.

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Lesa D
Lesa D14 days ago

i sincerely hope he does not...

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Margaret G
Margaret G18 days ago

Much as I dislike Trump, I must correct the article where it says that he has "... less education that any previous president in modern history ... " Harry Truman did not have a college degree. But he was politically experienced and was not corrupt.

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Karen K
Karen K19 days ago

Not going to happen. Dems would have to win every seat and flip 10 Republicans. In addition, there are Dems in red states who have mandates from their states that they aren't interested in impeachment and want domestic projects done. But that doesn't mean it isn't important to continue to speak out for what you think is important and keep up pressure.

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Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly22 days ago

Brianskilov F. " Jill Stein went to a dinner with Putin. So what, she couldn't speak the language, and was never even introduced to Putin"

Wow, my tiny, little Russian troll. You're hilarious. LMAO!!

You're not really trying to tell the intelligent People of Care2 that Jill Stein sat at Putin's dinner table and wasn't introduced, are you? I don't pretend to know how dinner etiquette goes in your native land of Russia, but in America everyone who sits at a dinner table is introduced to everyone else. Here's a photo of your vanity candidate sitting at your bosses dinner table, Brianskilov:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/guess-who-came-dinner-flynn-putin-n742696

Now, as to your point about the language barrier. Your boss, Vladimir, decides who sits at his dinner table. He chose who was going to sit at the table before the Americans even got on their planes to fly to Russia. He picked your vanity candidate, Jill Stein, along with traitor, Michael Flynn. Are you really trying to convince someone, anyone, that Vladimir spoke Russian to his chosen dinner guests, Michael Flynn and Jill Stein, when discussing strategy for the 2016 election?

No one's buying it at Care2, Comrade. Try Breitbart or Alec Jones. Your fellow groupies there will believe anything.

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Stephanie s
Stephanie s22 days ago

Pray and hope it doesn't happen, what a Christmas gift it would be.

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Peggy B
Peggy B22 days ago

Brian F.... Do you comment on any, but political articles? Just wondering.

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pam w
pam w23 days ago

Am I the only one who's bored by ''brian f'' and his gobbledegood babble about merdemouth? Rhoberta...you waste your time trying to instruct/debate a dedicated TROLL!

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E23 days ago

brian f
BOT !!
Smarter people than you think Ms. Stein is worth investigating. If there's nothing, so be it but she's sure making the rounds to try and justify herself (maybe she lies just like your POTUS).
The rest of your post needs no comment as it's just your usual loop propaganda

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E23 days ago

Rachel -
Do you honestly STILL think the hate on for trump is about Ms. Clinton NOT winning the election? YOU are delusional if you DO think that.
It's about his continuous lies, his "raping" of the environment, his arrogance over everyone else, his illiteracy, his use and abuse of the US taxpayer to line his own pockets (and those of his cabinet and kiddies), his constant put down of everyone who DARES oppose him or even hint that his presidency was not honestly won.
The fact that putin seems more important to him than any other world leader even though even today Russia is cyber hacking the US and the rest of the world.(and all he does is put down the men and women working daily to protect his flabby butt)
His very overt racism , narcissistic behaviour, treatment of women.
He is a moron that I wouldn't trust my pup to let alone any of my female family members.
If YOU do then I would also doubt YOUR judgement.

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Brian F
Brian F23 days ago

The corporate fake Democratic troll Mike K points out that Jill Stein went to a dinner with Putin. So what, she couldn't speak the language, and was never even introduced to Putin. At least Jill Stein didn't cheat Bernie Sanders out of his primary, lie about the Nevada convention, kick all the progressives out of the party, and anoint a corporatist and war monger, Hillary, which caused this fraud Trump to win, like the corrupt Democratic party, Mike K supports. Jill Stein doesn't take money from corporations or super pacs, and supports Medicare for All, free colleges, marijuana legalization, and a $15.00 an hour minimum wage, unlike most of the Democrats Mike K supports who are as corrupt as the Republicans. Most of the Democrats Mike K supports like Nancy Pelosi, are extremely wealthy, are as corrupt as the Republicans, and refuse to support Medicare for All.

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