“Trump’s Last Year in Office: Two Impeachments and 400,000 Funerals ” © Tom Ersin 2022. This is the current installment from the serialized publication of this distinctive historical book.

THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES (skip to article)

  • “NYT Exposé: Trump Top Aides Tried to Stop Him From Holding Up Ukrainian Aid; 84 Days Between Trump Inquiry About Aid and His Forced Release of Aid Raises New Impeachment Issues” (12/26/2019)
  • “Iranian-Backed Militia Target Iraqi Base, Killing 1 U.S. Contractor, Injuring Several Troops” (12/27/2019)
  • “U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria Kill 25 Iranian-Backed Militia, in Response to U.S. Contractor Death; Strikes Prompted Militia Supporters to Storm, Attempt to Occupy U.S. Embassy in Iraq” (12/29/2019)
  • “Kim Jong Un Says N.K. No Longer Bound by Own Testing Moratorium, Threatens Nuclear, Long-Range Ballistic Weapons Test Resumption, Says World Will See New Weapon ‘in the near future’” (12/31/2019)
  • “Iranian Militia Orders Supporters to Withdraw From U.S. Embassy in Iraq, Averting Crisis” (1/1/2020)
  • “World Extremely Nervous as Unstable Trump Faces Real Crises in Iraq, Iran, North Korea” (1/2/2020)


Thank Jesus for the anti-Trump Republicans who have given us Christians permission to say “Happy Holidays” again.

During Donald’s War Against the War on Christmas, we were not allowed to combine Christmas and New Year’s greetings into one concise salutation representing the love for humankind many people feel during the period starting in mid-December and ending shortly after Jan. 1. Instead we were forced to delineate exactly which holiday we were offering greetings for: either “Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year.” Any attempt at merging the two into “Happy Holidays” was considered blasphemy and an affront to religious (read: Christian) freedom.

But now that President Trump has lost his War on the War Against Christmas, he might be looking for conflagrationist opportunities in Iran and Iraq. That certainly would take the nation’s focus off impeachment.

What is killing 25 Iranian militia members in retaliation for the death of one American contractor? A good start.

With our religious freedom now restored (including the right to secularism), and the “Happy Holidays” over with, it’s time to return to the business of saving our country.

Perhaps the holiday flirtation with love for humanity has touched some GOP legislators. Perhaps the rising tensions in Iran and Iraq are scaring the bejesus out of them, knowing the inept, self-dealing Trump is pulling the levers of foreign policy.

It’s telling to note the long list of prominent Republicans  who put country over party. Now juxtapose those with the long list of Republican invertebrates in Congress who, solely for seat-preservation, have decided to hold their noses, look the other way, and let a perverse president continue to degrade the presidency, endanger American democracy, and threaten foolish wars.■



[RECAP]: 12/21/2019 — White House emails (released through FOIA request) crystallize Ukraine aid timeline: 90 minutes after July 25 Trump-Ukraine call, White House ordered OMB to withhold Ukrainian aid and keep this directive secret

[RECAP]: 12/24/2019 — Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) says she’s “disturbed” at Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s (R-Ky.) vow of “total coordination” with White House during impeachment trial, statement that verdict is predetermined; Murkowski is first GOP senator threatening to break with GOP leadership; Trump World extremely nervous

 [IMPEACHMENT: DAY 94 — 12/26/19]

12/26/2019 — New York Times exposé details multiple highest-level aides trying to dissuade Trump from illegally holding up military aid to Ukraine; report of 84 days, between Trump’s first aid inquiry to his forced release of aid after whistleblower report, bolsters impeachment case, creates increased pressure to call witnesses such as Giuliani, Pompeo, Mulvaney, Bolton

[Tom Ersin has been a full-time professional writer and editor since 2010 and holds degrees in communications and counseling. He’s a long-time political observer and has written a half-dozen nonfiction books on 21st century U.S. politics.] Click here to purchase book. Please leave a rating.