Donald Trump was the cancel king – demanding total obedience, humiliating dissenters and driving enemies from their jobs. But now, after becoming the first US leader to be impeached for a second time, it is his turn to be shunned by those previously in his thrall. Banks and businesses, pals and allies, social media sites and former sycophants are all walking away. Even his favourite daughter, Ivanka, has reportedly infuriated him by agreeing to attend Joe Biden’s inauguration next week after Trump refused. The House voted 232 to 197 to impeach Trump, casting their ballots in the very chamber where rioters forced lawmakers to flee last week.
Liz Cheney, one of 10 Republicans joining Democrats to impeach him for “incitement of insurrection”, said he “summoned this mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack”. Yesterday thousands more troops filed into Washington DC ahead of Biden’s swearing-in next Wednesday amid fears of further violence. As Trump’s empire falls and he faces the prospect of a litany of lawsuits, we look at his crumbling power base...
The toll of Donald Trump’s chaotic and crisis filled Presidency has many casualties none more so than his own family. His eldest children, Don Jr, Eric, Ivanka and more recently Tiffany have become social outcasts among their once elite circles. New York’s glitterati has put so much space between the “toxic family” locals jokes it has made Covid’s social distancing measures look pathetic. They all now plan to leave Manhattan for Florida.
This week it was revealed Don Jr, 43, and his caterwauling girlfriend Kimberley Guilfoye will be following in the footsteps of his younger sister Ivanka moving to the Sunshine State.
“There is no way they can stay in New York. They’d be tortured in the streets,” a source close to the family told one US newspaper.
Throughout his presidency, Trump’s greatest loyalists have been his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Vice President Mike Pence. Today the two men have become outcasts with the President’s rabid MAGA mob openly wanting one hung. After Pence refused to bow to his boss and failing to reject the Electoral College votes that certified Joe Biden’s election win, Trump openly attacked his Vice President. In a furious phone call just before last week joint session of congress and before the storming of the Capitol building Trump made a final demand of his deputy. Absurdly the US leader asked Pence to commit an illegal manoeuvre to overturn the election results.
“You can either go down in history as a patriot,” Trump said, “or you can go down in history as a pussy.”
After Pence refused Trump took to twitter to attack the Vice President. It left the VP bombarded with death threats while a noose was erected on the Capitol as lawmakers were being stormed.
Yesterday it emerged, Trump had turned on his ultra-loyalist, personal attorney Giuliani expressing disappointment with some of his legal moves in challenging the election results. He is now said to have ordered the lawyer’s £15,000 a day fee be stopped while the President is demanding he approves all expenses incurred by Giuliani in his multi-state legal campaign to prove election fraud. Already many of his former cabinet have attacked their once boss saying he is a “danger” to democracy and America.
A day before the House was set to charge Trump with ‘wilful incitement of insurrection’, the President’s firewall began to crack. For four years, Republicans had built an impregnable barrier around the US leader too afraid to speak out fearing such a move would be political suicide. But now as Trump faces the gravest allegation ever lodged against a sitting president, those he could once count on have seemed to have finally found a conscience. With just five days left from today - Friday - before he leaves the White House, no longer are many Republicans fearful of their fallen king.
Ten of his own party joined Democrats in voting to impeach the US leader, while several senators who will hear his pending trial have already said they believe him to be guilty.
The game that has long been Trump’s escape is now escaping him. The President’s New Jersey golf course had been due to host the 2022 PGA Championship. That fixture was announced in 2014 – but after last week’s riots the Professional Golfers’ Association of America said it was walking away from it. The latest Trump Organization filings this month reported a £3.4million annual loss at his Aberdeenshire and Ayrshire golf resorts, taking their total loss in eight years to £55million.
She is the least visible First Lady in US history, and rumours in Washington suggest Trump could soon be seeing even less of wife Melania. Bookies have had a flurry of bets that she will leave, amid reports that she renegotiated their prenup after his election win. Many who abhor Trump imagine his wife does, too. They point to several videos of the Slovenian Sphynx seeming to refuse to hold her husband’s hand, and remark that she spends a lot of time apart from him and is not publicly affectionate with him.
Some have baselessly claimed she has a body double who stands in for her when she refuses to appear at his side. However, sources say Melania is much more aligned with Trump than is widely believed. One told CNN: “She can be silent, but she’s part of this” – “this” being the recent activities of the President and the denial of his election loss.
Possibly the Big Apple’s most famous son, Donald Trump has become a pariah in his own city. No longer able to walk the streets or reside at his Fifth Avenue penthouse, the President has been forced to relocate to Florida as New York prosecutors hone their sights on him and businesses. He faces two New York state inquiries into whether he misled tax authorities, banks or business partners. Two women alleging he sexually assaulted them are suing him. Not content some Democrats are calling for the revival of a federal campaign finance investigation that appeared to end under his once-loyal U.S. Attorney General William Barr.
Only this week, it was announced New York City Hall officials are to pull the multi-million dollar contract they hold with the desperately in need of cash Trump Organisation.
“This president has committed an unlawful act, he has disgraced himself, he will no longer profit from his relationship with New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
The President’s greatest long term fear will be in business after one-by-one banks have begun to dump Trump. After personally guaranteeing some £220 million in loans and with his companies haemorrhaging money, the US leader needs lenders more than ever. Yet following his fuelling of last week’s riot, bankers are cutting ties with the president with one even calling publicly for his resignation.
Both Deutsche Bank and Signature Bank have made the decision to end their business relationships. Deutsche Bank’s move to sever its relationship with Trump will send a shiver through the US leader and his inner circle. He owes the troubled German lender more than £200 million and his primary contact at the bank, Rosemary Vrablic, left Deutsche in late December, leading many to speculate the bank was preparing to sever all Trump ties. New York-based Signature confirmed it too has begun the process of closing Trump’s two personal accounts at the £3.7 billion bank and “will not do business in the future with any members of Congress who voted to disregard the Electoral College.”
Trump may, however, be able to land lucrative opportunities for him in right-wing media, including a possible role at a news channel, his own media venture or a book deal. With his removal from social media, including Snapchat on Thursday, he has also claimed to be launching his own site to rival those he is now banned from including Twitter.