“Impeachment” is a term that has thrust itself into public consciousness during President Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House, not least because of the troubling allegations of his campaign and team’s links to Russian officials – a notion that is gathering credence due to the FBI’s ongoing investigation.
Having completed a shock victory in last year’s Presidential election, Donald Trump and his team launched into a number of hardline policies, which left those who had hoped that some of his more conservative campaign trail promises would amount to nothing more than bluster dismayed.
The campaign trail became akin to a battle ground, with the Trump team casting many Barack Obama’s key policies as abject failures, and leading a veritable war chant of “lock her up” against his rival for Presidency, senator Hilary Clinton. Throughout his campaign, Trump referred with great pride to The Art of the Deal, a book that he co-authored, as evidence of his ability to get things done.
While the relative success of his tenure in the White House, in terms of the promises he made on the campaign trail, can be debated (quite apart from the claims of impropriety that have plagued his Presidency), it will surely come as a blow to Donald Trump that the very individual with whom he co-authored this most revered of manuscripts has predicted that he will resign his position before all is said and done.
Tony Schwartz, co-author of The Art of the Deal, forecasts that the day President Trump begins to cast around for an escape route from the scandals that have plagued his administration may soon be upon us. “There is no right and wrong for Trump, there’s only winning and losing”. Schwartz told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in describing the mindset of the man he co-wrote the now famous business book with, “And right now, he is in pure terror that he is going to lose.”
Schwartz does not believe that President Trump will be impeached, instead appearing to suggest that he would rather resign on his own terms that go through that process;
“I surely believe that at some point over the next period of time he’s going to have to figure out a way to resign.”
Came Schwartz’s assessment, courtesy of Mediaite. However, in the process of resigning, he believes Trump will “figure out a way, as he has done all his career, to turn a loss into a victory so he will declare victory when he leaves.”
Included in his comments to Anderson Cooper was his assertion that the President was in “a pretty significant meltdown”. He continued; “I think he’s reacting from a survival place. I think he’s being run by the part of his brain that’s reactive and impulsive, not capable of reflection and I think he’s in defensive mode.”
Despite his history of collaboration with Donald Trump on The Art of the Deal, Tony Schwartz seems determined to cast his former contemporary in a less-than-flattering light, even going so far as to state last September, “This is my penance for having created a man who has become a monster.”
Schwartz advised the Clinton campaign for free in the run-up to last year’s election.