(Illustration: Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Old Man in Sorrow (On the Threshold of Eternity)‘ found here).
One wonders in heartbreak if the T-Rump could somehow be driven from office before 2020, or resign because legal shit got so deep, he’d be forced to go, or risk jail.
Despite the obvious, an op/ed at Bloomberg yesterday noted the chances:
How close are British gamblers to Robert Mueller III?
Even before Trump took the oath of office, Ladbrokes, the British oddsmaker, began offering odds that Trump would resign or be impeached before his first term is up.
Odds were remarkably consistent, and highly pessimistic, over his first year — at roughly even.
As the indictments and guilty pleas have piled up, and as even Trump fixer Michael Cohen has turned cooperating witness, Ladbrokes has concluded that Trump’s odds have improved.
The odds of his leaving office “via impeachment or resignation” before his first term ends are now 2-1, or 33-percent.
Yet some us have festered for two years with the T-Rump, and two more might drive us even-more insane — via Pacific Standard a couple of weeks ago:
For many Americans, the anxiety surfaced on Election Day of 2016.
Two years later, the physiological effects of the Trump administration aren’t going away.
A growing body of research has tracked the detrimental impacts of Trump-related stress on broad segments of the American population, from young adults to women, to racial and LGBT communities.
The results aren’t good.
The American Psychological Association’s 2016 “Stress in America” survey, conducted online among some 3,400 American adults and published in February of 2017, found that 63 percent of respondents regard the future of the country as “a significant source of stress”; some 56 percent “say that they are stressed by the current political climate.”
The 2018 edition of the survey showed that the number of Americans who view the future of the country as a significant stressor had jumped to 69 percent; those who saw the political climate as a source of stress had jumped to 62 percent.
While Trump supporters may have experienced a boost in “psychological well-being, pride, and hope for the future,” in the words of the New England Journal of Medicine researchers, his presidency has been a pit of despair for others.
If he don’t go before the 2020 election, it’s going to be a hard road to hoe…