Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The Washington establishment got it completely wrong on Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States.
They belittled his talents and magnified his faults, continuing to believe that the candidate who unfairly deprived the real (although "complacent" ) challenger Bernie Sanders of the Democratic Party nomination would win the Nov. 8, 2016 elections.
The Clintons remain the most formidable political family in the United States and have their tentacles in much of the federal bureaucracy because of the way in which they operate to promote the careers of loyalists and blight the fortunes of those opposed to them. The only Washington group that could pose a challenge to the Clinton mutual support system are those Beltway residents who have married spouses of Chinese origin. These spouses form a formidable club of sisters in the capital of what is still the most influential country on the globe, and work ceaselessly to protect the interests and careers of those of their husbands who have found themselves in a rough patch.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is among the most prominent of those who have married ethnic Chinese, and in his case, his Taiwanese wife, Elaine Chao, is every bit as famous as he is, being a member of past and the present Cabinet of the U.S. president. Chao has strong connections with the Chinese diaspora across the world, a pool of immensely successful individuals who are being tapped by Chinese President Xi Jinping to ensure the success of his epochal Belt & Road Initative.
It may be mentioned that the Clintons are close friends with several top-notch individuals in the Chinese diaspora, exactly as they are with leadership elements in the Indian diaspora. The Clinton code is to "help those who help," which is very different from those politicians who greedily accept help from others but decline to reciprocate in the slightest. The Washington Beltway staved off an embarrassing probe into the way in which it is meshed with the Clintons by ensuring that all investigations into the Clinton Foundation were stopped, even as the inquiry to dig up evidence which could lead to the impeachment of Trump has continued at high speed
Special Counsel Robert Mueller knows that inquisitor Kenneth Starr became an object of ridicule when he failed to engineer the removal of President Bill Clinton and wants to avert that fate by being the first special counsel to ensure the successful impeachment of a U.S. president. The entire Beltway (led by the Clinton cohort) has been working on overdrive to ensure that bits and pieces of "evidence" get discovered that collectively can get used to build up a case that Trump was what Hillary Clinton accused him publicly of being, a "puppet of Vladimir Putin" -- a charge that is monstrous in its mendacity but believed by millions across the globe because of the communications network of the anti-Trump establishment.
Across the world, chancelleries refused to believe that Trump would win, and since Nov. 8,2016 are being told by the Washington Beltway that "it is only a matter of months" before Trump quits through impeachment, a process that will begin only if the Democratic Party secures a majority in the House of Representatives and Senate, or if Mueller can meet the expectation of his admirers and cook up a credible case of obstruction of justice and treason against Trump.
Ironically, what Putin is being accused of doing in the 2016 U.S. elections is exactly what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did to several countries during her tenure, when social media and street power were promiscuously used by the Obama administration to ensure the harassment if not the defeat of those leaders who refused to obey the wishes of the Washington establishment.
Hillary Clinton crossed a red line when she, together with the Soros and Omidyar Foundations (both of which are very active in the Indian subcontinent) engineered the defeat of the Moscow-friendly Ukrainian president, replacing him with a mafia don similar to the mafiosi types that the Clinton administration backed in Moscow after Mikhail Gorbachev ensured the fall of the Soviet Union through his blind belief in his ability to survive the destruction of his party the way Chairman Mao was strengthened after the Old Guard of the Chinese Communist Party was eliminated during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.
From then onward, Russian-speaking Ukrainians worked in cyberspace to slow down Hillary Clinton's rise to power.They were joined (without each other's knowledge) by Democratic Party loyalists upset at the underhanded way in which Bernie Sanders had been deprived of his victory over Hillary Clinton. The two streams ensured a series of setbacks in the Clinton campaign, all of which it is now Mueller's task to pin on the shoulders of Trump, even though the current U.S. president was not in this toxic loop in the slightest.
Meanwhile,Trump is working to fulfill his poll promises, unlike so many other politicians. Ignoring poll numbers, Trump has cut taxes and blocked entry into the United States for those he sees as being less than committed to the values of the world's most powerful country. The mist and fog of disinformation against him may combine with some of the elitist policies of Republican House and Senate members to reduce their number in 2018, but overall, it will remain a daunting task even for Mueller to create a lethal conspiracy out of the mass of hot air that is all the circumstantial evidence he has to work on.
The odds are that Trump will last his term, and if the Clintons continue to dominate the Democratic Party, will win a second term. The way in which Hillary and Bill Clinton are keeping the Trump banner afloat gives the reason why the U.S. president has let both off the hook so far as the funding of the Clinton Foundation is concerned.
Madhav Das Nalapat is a professor and the director of the Department of Geopolitics & International Relations at Manipal University, UNESCO peace chair and the editorial director of The Sunday Guardian-India and NewsX channel.