What if no evidence of Russian collusion with Trump can be found?
The investigation into alleged collusion between President Donald Trump and/or his campaign aides has been going on for about 18 months now, and so far, no evidence has been actually verified. Even some Democrats, whose fondest desires were to find some tiniest thread connecting the GOP to the Russians are beginning to realize it’s not likely going to happen.
That doesn’t stop many on the extreme left, who make no effort to disguise their hatred for the man, from soldiering on, however. Still, soon some of the mainstream press may start to fathom that the American public, at least those with slightly open minds on the subject, have already conceded the issue is the proverbial “nothing-burger.”
So where does that leave the Trump-haters who have been promising the bombshell announcement for the last year and a half? In their own minds, and unfortunately the minds of many of their supporters, the investigation will never end, sort of like the Benghazi investigations on the minds of the Hillary-haters. Just because you can’t point to the evidence doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
Funny how that logic becomes irrational when it is applied to faith in a heavenly power, but that is a subject for another article.
But what does the public think? Of course, there are the extremes, but what about the middle-of-the-roaders, who are tired of accusations without evidence and promises without proofs? Are they beginning to believe Trump when he calls the investigation a “Witch Hunt?”
Anecdotal evidence says yes, but it will only be quantified by the 2020 elections, assuming Trump runs for re-election. Even then, that may not be the defining issue. Major gains in the economy, greater respect for America as a world leader, and other Trumpian accomplishments may override everyday America’s concerns for Russian bots on Facebook and social media.
Americans who are worried about their own future, with regard to jobs, rising wages, and lower taxes, may not share the same worries about the things that keep politicians awake at night. Things like party unity and fund-raising support may not be as high on the priority list of single parents and low-wage earners.
So far, the Democrats are hanging their 2020 platform on one plank, that being “We’re not Donald Trump,” but they are failing to realize that was what cost them the 2016 election, when Hillary ran with the same platform. If it turns out that no hard evidence that Trump colluded with Russians or anyone else to rig the election can be uncovered, that he won the election fairly, and his Presidency has been quite successful, that plank seems to be pretty weak.
And more and more, it seems that it was the Democrats and their supporters in the Obama Administration that actually sought to undermine the election, and subsequently Trump’s administration. As more heads roll for that, the voters may start to see Trump as the victim instead of the conspirator.
None of that plays well in Peoria, or any other part of middle-America, and may not play well for the Democratic Party in the voting booth in 2020.
Despite Ms. Clinton’s ever-exhausting explanation of why deplorable voters pushed Trump to victory in 2016, a large number of Americans voted for Trump simply because he wasn’t a career politician. Those acting like career politicians today may find even more support for that value in a candidate in 2020.