- Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, convicted of laundering Russian money through Ukraine and Cyprus, and
- Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, convicted of illegal campaign contributions. Cohen also implicated Trump in the schemes.
So, now there is solid evidence that Trump illegally gained an advantage that may have put him over the top in one of the closest races in history (10 states won by margins less than 10%, 5 won by less than 1.3%, just thousands of votes nationally). Put this on top of Russia placing its thumb on the scales and it’s clear that Trump was not elected by the free will of the people. Now the people are really angry and the 2018 midterms are almost certain to flip the House to the Democrats and the Senate is a possibility. If a few Republicans see the writing on the wall, that may happen too. Watch the polls.
Trump has been proven a liar in court. Trump has been proven a womanizer in court. Trump has been proven an election-cheater in court. Expanding Trump’s base? Not very likely. In fact, some supporters are going to flip or at least not vote in the mid-terms. Trump has no hope in 2020 and there’s a good chance of impeachment in 2018/2019. He may eventually go to jail for some of his crimes. He certainly will if the Mueller probe ripens. The GOP have to unhitch their wagons from Trump or they will go over the cliff as well. I doubt that will happen before the mid-terms but afterwards, watch out!