Now that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been indicted by the federal government on charges ranging from money laundering to conspiracy against the United States, things should start to get interesting.
That said, since Donald Trump’s such a dishonest crook, when events such as this occur, one thing I like to do is to encourage people to keep an eye out for certain behavior by this “president” going forward. I feel that if we call out Trump based on what we know about how unethical and shady he is, then it helps us build a better case against him. It’s more difficult for his supporters to defend something he says or does as genuine when those of us who realize what an awful person he is predicted his behavior before he even did it.
So, here are 5 things I think people need to watch for from Trump now that Manafort’s been indicted.
1. He’s going to distance himself from his former campaign manager: This began almost immediately, but it’s going to get even worse. We’re about to see a “president” and his administration claim that someone who ran his campaign for months didn’t play an integral role in the campaign. They’ve already said these charges against Manafort are unrelated to the campaign (while true, that’s also pointless), but we’re already seeing some claim that Manafort’s role and influence was minimum. While it’s absurd for any candidate to claim that their campaign manager didn’t play a vital role in the campaign, Trump’s still going to claim this because he wants to try to distance himself from Manafort’s well-established pro-Russia ties.
2. Distract, distract, distract: If you thought Trump was trying to distract Americans before, you haven’t seen anything yet. As the days and weeks go by, as Trump realizes Mueller is almost certainly going to try to use Manafort against him, the “president’s” behavior is going to make the insanity we’ve seen over the past few months seem tame by comparison. We’re all about to see Hillary Clinton’s name brought up by Trump and the conservative media (more so than it already has been) at levels that rival the 2016 election. It’s going to seem more like Clinton’s the current president whose former campaign manager was just indicted instead of that reality applying to Trump.
3. Trump and the conservative media are going to throw Manafort “under the bus”: Once Trump feels as if Manafort might “turn on him” and become a cooperative witness, that’s the moment this “president,” along with the conservative media, will do whatever they can to slander Manafort. They’ll paint him as a shady, unethical criminal who’ll say or do whatever he can to save himself from criminal prosecution. I have no doubt that they’ll have teams of people digging into Manafort’s past to do whatever they can to make it appear that nothing he says can be trusted. That would be rather interesting to watch considering this is someone who ran Trump’s campaign last year. Still, desperate times call for desperate measures — and Trump’s going to be extremely desperate. My prediction is his “go-to move” is going to be to deny he knew anything about Manafort’s ties to Russia, do his best to slander his character even more than the reality of the charges brought against him already have, while claiming that anything he says to law enforcement officials shouldn’t be seen as credible because he’s simply saying anything he feels they want to hear to save himself from spending the rest of his life in prison.
4. Get ready for even more conspiracies: The moment Trump believes that Manafort has “flipped on him,” get ready for conspiracies galore. Already a big fan of pushing conspiratorial nonsense, if Manafort begins cooperating with the FBI and Mueller in regards to their collusion case against Trump’s campaign, that’s when you’re going to start seeing claims that the FBI is conspiring with anyone and everyone, including pro-Russian agents and criminals, as part of some elaborate mission to bring down Donald Trump. I wouldn’t even be shocked if Trump’s team is already desperately trying to find a way to connect Manafort to Clinton or the Uranium One non-story that they’re frantically trying to turn into a scandal. If this goes how I think it’s going to go, Trump’s best “course of action” is going to be to saturate the news with as much misinformation and unhinged conspiracies as possible. It’s much more difficult for people to recognize the truth when they’re not even sure what is or isn’t real — Trump knows this.
5. Once Trump’s run out of options, Robert Mueller will be fired: For a while now I’ve said it’s not a matter of if Trump’s going to fire Robert Mueller, just when. Consider this his “nuclear option,” of sorts. The optics of it will be terrible, and the Republican party won’t be able to defend the move, but the moment Trump realizes he’s out of options to obstruct the investigation into his campaign, that’s when he’s going to get rid of Robert Mueller. In the past I’ve expressed my belief that Trump’s the type of person who’d throw his own children to the wolves if he felt it would save him from peril. So I absolutely believe that Trump would disregard the terrible optics, the advice from experts, and even pleas from his own party if he feels getting rid of Mueller could impede the on-going investigation into his campaign enough to possibly save himself from prosecution.
Again, don’t take any of this as “matter-of-fact” statements. These are just my own personal opinions based on the information I currently know, the type of person I think Trump is, and what I’ve seen from this circus known as the Trump administration. I just wanted to put these out there because I absolutely believe some, if not all, of these will happen and I think we need to call Donald Trump out now rather than later as a way to “prove” to his supporters, that while they might not believe the truth about him, this crook is so transparent and predictable, we all knew what he was going to do even before he did it.