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Cadet Bone Spurs has an image problem.

So it turns out that Donald Trump did try to fire Robert Mueller last year. Can anyone say “obstruction of justice”? How about “lock him up”?

Well, we might say the lock him up thing but do we look like a bunch of enraged single electricians at a Trump rally because we struck out on Plenty of Fish on a Friday night? No, we do not.

Anyway, Trump asked his lawyer Don McGahn to do it. That would have meant that McGahn had to call Ron Rosenstein, deputy attorney general and tell him to fire Robert Mueller. But we all know how that would go. He actually would have had to fire Rosenstein himself if the guy hadn’t already resigned.

Wait, haven’t we read this book before? Back in the 70s? Wasn’t it called Saturday Night Massacre with everyone dancing at a disco with subpoenas in their hands? Sounds so familiar…

Don McGahn saw how this would play out and told Donald he wasn’t going to fire anyone. In fact, he’d sooner resign than do that. Good guy, McGahn. Ok, so he works for the worst man on earth…

But it’s what McGahn did next that might make him the true hero of this story. He told Trump to do his own firing and then reportedly called President Very Stable Genius a chicken. Then walked off down the hall presumably confident that Trump wouldn’t have the Bone Spurs to fire Rosenstein and Mueller himself.

And he was right. Trump did nothing but fume. He didn’t fire the guy who just called him a chicken. You know, a weak bird that doesn’t have the stamina to fly.

Now, I can’t understand how the White House has managed to keep this scene under wraps for 6 months. In fact, I don’t believe it. I’m betting that the Congressional Republicans have known all about it for months. Maybe that’s why they were so anxious to write that tax reform bill and pass it before the intoxicating solvents had dissipated from the ditto papers. They knew their incredible luck was about to run out.

It’s going to be pretty hard for them to publicly do nothing about Trump after this. Oh, I’m sure they’ll try. But you know, when your lawyer can get away with justifiably calling you a chicken, you’re done.


File this away for the future, Donald told Theresa May, prime minister of Great Britain, that he would not be making a visit until she could guarantee no protests.

Protests make him uncomfortable. They make him go away.

Good to know.