Most people are familiar with the old parable about the frog and the pot of boiling water. In this story, if you place a frog in a pot of boiling water it will immediately jump out of the pot. However, if you place the frog in a pan of cool water and slowly raise the temperature, the frog will stay in it until it is boiled alive.
Since Day One, the Trump administration has been embroiled in a continuous series of controversies, any one of which, taken alone, would be enough to sink the political career of a seasoned politician. In fact, many people still have trouble understanding why Trump’s comments on Senator John McCain (“I like war heroes who weren’t captured”) or his obvious mocking of a disabled reported didn’t sink his campaign before it even got off the ground.
Trump has done and said so many outrageous and possibly illegal things that it seems nothing is going to stop him. Appoint Steve Bannon to the National Security Council – no problem. Fire Comey – fine. Threaten reporters – just talk. Insult our closest allies – he’s new to this.
But while his GOP supporters complain about the “drip, drip, drip” of negative news, the White House complains about “leaks” and Trump screams “FAKE NEWS” every other day on Twitter; they may not realize that the temperature of the water is slowly rising. With the latest revelation of his son Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian operative in the hopes of gaining unfavorable information on Hillary Clinton, even his most stalwart supporters are beginning to turn against him.
Congress is still trying to get one single piece of substantive legislation passed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced yesterday that he was cancelling the August recess for the Senate until some type of healthcare legislation is passed. Many are hoping that Speaker Ryan will do the same with the House.
Amid reports of “Hurricane Level 5” disruption in the inner circle of the White House, Trump tweeted out this morning:
The W.H. is functioning perfectly, focused on HealthCare, Tax Cuts/Reform & many other things. I have very little time for watching T.V.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2017
As with nearly all of Trump’s tweets, the safe bet is to assume that the truth is the exact opposite of what he says. The man who has retweeted Fox and Friends the last three days running has “very little time for watching T.V.”? Right, and he has been too busy to play any golf either, except for the 32 rounds he’s played since he became president.
While there have been calls for immediate action, either by impeachment or indictment, the reality may well be that Trump’s downfall will be the result of an accumulation of controversies, scandals, and illegal activities. Much like Nixon during Watergate, it was the steady flow of reporting from the Washington Post that laid the foundation for Nixon’s eventual resignation. The “smoking gun” from the White House tapes was just the final nail in the coffin.
So patience my friends. Remember the other adage “a watched pot never boils.” A presidency, even one as horrible as Donald Trump’s, cannot be brought down in a day.
There is a certain irony that Trump’s most avowed followers have used the meme of Pepe the Frog as a symbol of their undying loyalty. Because Donald Trump, like the frog, is the pan and the water temperature is slowly rising. And he doesn’t even know it.