Now that Congress has shown some backbone and gotten serious about an impeachment inquiry, the staff are telling the stories.
The Oval Office meeting this past March began, as so many had, with President Trump fuming about migrants. But this time he had a solution. As White House advisers listened astonished, he ordered them to shut down the entire 2,000-mile border with Mexico — by noon the next day.
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Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh. After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him.
Trump’s supporters will be unmoved; they may even wonder why the New York Times makes up such fantastic tales about such a fine, Godly Man.
The question is: How many senators are going to mutter something like, “I am not going to go into the record books as a defender of that pile of shit.”?
I am not wrong about this: More stories about Trump are going to come out as the impeachment inquiry proceeds and, if the House votes out articles of impeachment, the Senate will be eager to convict him and be rid of him.