Trump Could be Trying to Start a Trade War to Distract From His Growing List of Scandals

In the midst of one of the most scandal-laden weeks any president has ever seen, Donald Trump randomly announced that he was going to impose harsh new tariffs on steel imports, sending stocks tumbling, his own party scrambling, and many of our closest allies looking for ways to retaliate.

The move left many people asking the question: Why now?

Well, the answer to that is rather simple — because he desperately needed a distraction.

Say what you want about Trump, but the guy knows how to make headlines and distract people from any number of scandals or controversies that are constantly surrounding him. Before most of the country can even fully digest one scandal, Trump’s already created several others.

It wasn’t that long ago everyone was focused on the Trump administration’s apparent acceptance of a wife-beating aide named Rob Porter and two women, one an ex-adult film star, who claimed this “president” had an affair on the current First Lady with each of them, then proceeded to pay them for their silence.

Yet those stories aren’t being discussed all that much anymore despite the fact they were major headlines just a couple of weeks ago.

While I don’t view Trump as an intelligent person, I do think he’s a scumbag who specializes in b.s. and doing whatever he feels he needs to do in order to save his own backside. Sitting here, I can’t think of anything that I believe Trump isn’t capable of saying or doing if it meant saving his own ass.

Yes, I honestly and truly believe that he’d turn on his own children if it meant keeping himself out of prison — even Ivanka.

That’s exactly why I think Trump’s purposefully trying to start a trade war. He knows the ramifications of doing so are going to be terrible for the United States, but he’s also aware that the best way to make people care less about scandals is by putting the health of the economy at risk — which is what he’s doing with all this nonsense.

Just ask his top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, who just quit the administration at least partially because of this stupidity.

If Trump starts a trade war, which seems to be the direction he’s heading, that’s going to cost American jobs, while making a lot of the products most Americans buy in this country much more expensive. I don’t think I need to explain why fewer jobs and higher prices is a bad thing for our economy and practically every American.

This is clearly all just my opinion, but I also don’t think I’m wrong, either.

Even before Trump was elected I told people that my biggest concern with him wasn’t the fact he was woefully unqualified for the job, or that he was an incompetent buffoon who’d embarrass the country (though I knew both were true), it was my belief that, if elected, he’d always put himself before the best interests of the country. If push came to shove and it was between him or the United States of America, I fully believe he’d rather see this country reduced to ashes as long as he felt it benefited him in some twisted way.

I know a lot of this might sound like an exaggeration, or that I’m using hyperbole, but I don’t believe that I am. This is the God’s honest truth concerning how I feel about Donald Trump and that I absolutely believe he’s pushing this country toward an all-out trade war just to distract Americans from the growing list of scandals now and upcoming as Robert Mueller’s investigation continues to move closer and closer toward this “president.”

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.