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It's the handcuffs, stupid.

I'm not a political strategist, not James Carville or Karl Rove. But after sounding angry at President Trump and then Tuesday's election – which led to groundbreaking governmental changes in the Commonwealths of Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania – it seems pretty clear that the American people 's priority is not coal or "Medicare for all" or Ukraine or even big stories about the deep state.

Americans want Trump. From. Now.

Who can blame us? After three years we are just tired of a self-satisfied criminal who is destroying our country for personal gain.

Granted, there are holdouts. Twenty six percent Americans with hearty eyes believe that Trump is so superior to the rest of us that he should not even comply with subpoenas.

But if you do not fully believe that Trump is above the law, you are probably one of the 44% supporters of deposition. Chances are that you even want to remove him from office. And yes, you might also like handcuffs.

In May, the smartest lawyers in the nation said in this way: "The behavior of President Trump … would, in the case of another person … result in multiple charges."

On Sunday, the toughest demonstrators outside of an Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Manhattan gave this their own twist: "Stop it."

So "lock him up" is not the height of courtesy. It is a bit red, I understand that. Civilized people, when they are sober, are not allowed to sing it. But chewing gum requires Trump to be locked up – I mean, accused, get a fair trial in the Senate and get out of office quickly.

On Monday evening, Trump visited Lexington, Ky. To plead the voters there to re-elect the sitting Republican governor Matthew Bevin. Outside the rally he was again confronted with our new anthem: "Lock him up."

Possibly shaken by the now known choir, Trump confessed to the believers that if Kentucky went for the Democrat, he would take it hard. It would be a & # 39; bad message & # 39; send. & # 39; They are going to say that Trump has suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world. You can't let that happen to me! "

But it did happen.

The Lexington district in which Trump held his rally on Monday voted against 1-1 for Democrat Andy Beshear on Tuesday. Beshear declared the victory; Bevin, those non-specific & # 39; irregularities & # 39; cited, demanded that the vote be reconsidered.

The "bad message" that Trump worried about? Yes, even when Kentucky Republicans won down-ballot state competitions, that message was sent and received. A state that went great for Guns in 2016 has its share of & # 39; lock-him-uppers & # 39 ;, and many of them went to the polls.

The two formidable senators in Kentucky who showed up with Trump for Bevin – majority leader Mitch McConnell and lapsed libertarian Rand Paul – have a serious investigation into the soul for them. If McConnell's support for Trump diminishes, this can provide cover for other senate republicans and turn the calculus into a deposition.

Across the border in Virginia, the Commonwealth is blue for the first time in decades. Democrats took both chambers of the legislature and now control the entire political apparatus of the state. Virginia tends towards striking progressive legislation arms control and could even provide the 38th required ratification of the state for the Equal rights change in the law.

So the elections in Virginia also sent the president, who is eavesdropped by arms control and of course women, giving him a & # 39; bad message & # 39; could call.

And then there's Pennsylvania.

Since the 2018 mid-term elections, political analysts have found that Trump's support has been eroding in suburbs that have long been considered republican strongholds. These are not neighborhoods where residents scream for head locks. But they apparently to be places where voters are willing to break with tradition and vote against Trump's party. Adjacent Delaware County of Philadelphia fell entirely into the hands of Democrats, who are now controlling the district council for the first time since the civil war.

Trump has often compared himself to Abraham Lincoln – OK, boomer – but it seems that a few party friends don't buy it.

While Democrats wring fine policies, they also silently silence the chants "Shut him up."

Of course, Democratic candidates must go high with stylish slogans (such as Elizabeth Warren did that when she stopped her noisier fans in Carson City, Nev.) last month. But the people's passion for justice does not go away.

"When we have encountered impossible opportunities," candidate Barack Obama said in 2008, "when we were told that we are not ready or that we should not try or that we cannot, generations of Americans have responded with a simple credo that the mind of a people. & # 39;

His sweet, distinctive version? "Yes, we can." And it was perfect. In 2008.

Nowadays, Americans with impossible opportunities also sing three monosyllables. But it is a rude, rude call to obey the rule of law. Whether the Democratic establishment will admit it or not, it is a credo that also summarizes the minds of a people. Key lock. Him. Up.

Twitter: @ page88

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