It’s all true.
All of the rumors. All of the speculation. All of the oh-my-God-have-you-heard-about whispers.
All of it is true.
All of the things that Donald Trump and his administration and family have been accused of doing … they actually did them. All of them.
Even the really dumb ones.
Even the really awful ones.
They did it all.
Oh, listen, I know that the typical Alabama conservative voter has zero idea what I’m talking about right now, because they have so fully wrapped themselves in the protective bubble of conservative opinion sources that they’re still talking about the Clinton Foundation. But I don’t care.
Because this isn’t speculation. Or partisan hopefulness. Or ignorant accusations.
This is under oath.
And right now, after the last two weeks, here’s what people under oath, facing the penalty of perjury and providing supporting evidence and documentation, have said about the conman you people elected president: He has lied repeatedly. He has directed illegal payments. He has sought to cover up affairs. He has bought off a tabloid. At least 14 members of senior campaign staff were in contact with Russians. And Trump — or “Individual 1,” as he’s known in court filings these days — was involved in it all.
Trump’s personal attorney has now been convicted and sentenced to three years in prison for a crime personally directed by the president.
That makes five — FIVE! — of Trump’s top aides or attorneys who have struck deals with Robert Mueller and are now working with the broad investigation into possible (certain) Russian interference and collusion.
And it doesn’t stop there.
Trump’s personal businesses are also under federal investigation. His campaign staff’s use of funds is now under federal investigation. And most of his immediate family is under investigation.
And absolutely none of this should be a surprise to anyone.
Because all of you should have known well before this clown was elected president that he is nothing more than a two-bit conman with an ego large enough to fill a stadium and less shame than a 90-year-old stripper.
You should know because we told you. We, the media. The actual media.
We wrote story after story on this crook and his shady business dealings — how he rarely paid his bills, how he left working men holding the bill, how he created a scam college to bilk poor people out of money, how he skirted laws and tax codes constantly and how he gamed the system over and over again to stay wealthy using taxpayer money.
All of it was right there for anyone to read.
But a good portion of this country didn’t care. They were too caught up in this buffoon making jokes and calling people names and kicking people out of rallies and saying offensive things. He catered to white men and claimed he could fix any problem just by saying he could fix any problem.
And they bought it. Just like the conman planned. You didn’t even make this dude show you his tax returns!
And the white, working-class folks are still buying it. Which would make sense if he had done even one thing to help them.
But he hasn’t.
His economic policies have been a disaster, especially for the people of Alabama. And his tough talk has produced zilch in the way of foreign respect, better trade deals, lower prices for consumers or more American jobs. In fact, we’ve lost respect, have worse deals and higher prices and companies are still moving American jobs to other countries.
And yet, the supporters remain.
I don’t understand it. But you know what? I don’t have to understand it for much longer.
The walls are quickly closing around the conman president. Soon, the rest of Mueller’s investigation will drop, and the indictments will roll out. The full breadth of the Trump administration’s illegal acts will be laid out for Congress to see. Given what we already know from the few filings that have been made public, this will not go well for Trump and his closest associates.
I do not expect the Trump supporters to ever admit they were wrong.
But if there is justice in this world, and if the indictments break just right, those supporters will have to deal — at least for a brief period — with the two words that could make this whole thing almost worth it.