Donald Trump made “You’re fired” his catchphrase as a reality TV star and must have been dying to use it throughout his impeachment ordeal.
He has emerged from it he believes vindicated and his approval ratings are going up. But he seems in no mood to be gracious in victory.
This week we have seen him use a prayer breakfast in Washington to crow about his Senate victory and heap scorn on his detractors.
He has launched long rambling denunciations of his tormentors and by the end of the week was beginning to take revenge on key figures in his impeachment .
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He suffered the ignominy of being marched out of the White House relieved of his duties and in a move better suited to the government of a banana republic his brother was also “fired” despite playing no role whatsoever in the impeachment hearings .
In a statement, Vindman’s lawyer said “the most powerful man in the world – buoyed by the silent, the pliable and the complicit – has decided to exact revenge”.
The president withheld evidence and witnesses from the impeachment process. His party did its utmost to minimise the time Congress would consider the charges against him.
But he has emerged unscathed, so far. His approval ratings are going up.
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