Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren today asserted that Donald Trump is a “symptom of a badly broken system”, and that the appropriate focus is that broken system rather than Trump’s daily rantings, since, she said, according to CNN, “By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be President. In fact, he may not even be a free person.” Senator Warren (D-MA) was speaking at a campaign rally at the Veterans Memorial Building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, when she quite noticeably turned up the temperature of her comments on Trump.
Certainly what Warren said can be viewed as a particularly scathing criticism of Trump, and a harrowing prediction of his near future, but her underlying point is that there are problems that need to be addressed beyond Trump, rather than engaging on a daily basis with his antics on Twitter. That is a valid point, since Trump makes so much noise, makes so many misstatement, does so much online bullying and threatening, that addressing all of his output would be a full time job, one that could keep a candidate from addressing the larger issues of which Trump, according to Warren, is in part just a symptom. According to CNN:
“By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be President,” Warren said to voters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, gathered at the Veterans Memorial Building. “In fact, he may not even be a free person.”…Lamenting that the country is in a “dangerous moment,” the Massachusetts Democrat said, “What happens in 2020 is going to determine the direction of our nation, the direction of our people…Every day, there’s a racist tweet, a hateful tweet, something really dark and ugly,” Warren said of Trump. “And what are we, as candidates, as activists, the press, going to do about it? Are we going to let him use those to divide us?” The answer to that question, Warren went on to say, was to avoid the trap of engaging in every one of Trump’s actions. “Here’s how I see it: Donald Trump is not the only problem we’ve got. Yeah. Donald Trump is the symptom of a badly broken system,” Warren said. “So, our job as we start rolling into the next election is not just to respond on a daily basis. It’s to talk about what we understand is broken in this country, talk about what needs to be done to change it and talk about how we’re going to do that, because that is not only how we win, it’s how we make the change we need to make.”
Practically speaking, given the speed, or lack thereof, of the justice system, it seems very unlikely that Donald Trump will either be removed as president or imprisoned by the 2020 election, now just under 21 months away. Trump could be put in a position where his only reasonable recourse is to resign, in the event of a possible scenario like a deal in which he and his children avoid prosecution by Trump agreeing to resign, but that seems unlikely as well. Trump seems by personality to be someone who would try to hold on to his power until the bitter end, no matter how bitter. Warren could have said what she did about Trump possibly no longer being president or possibly no longer even being a free person by the time of the 2020 election because she knew it would get a lot of notice, because she has decided to fight back against Trump’s rhetoric, or as hyperbole to make the point that the candidates, and the people of the country, have larger concerns to address.