I think Trump knows he has to run out the clock and to him that means pass-on while in office. The whole Ukrainian affair illustrates he can think ahead a bit. It's a simple plan right out of Roy Cohn's playbook, the infamous right-hand of Joe McCarthy.
Getting re-elected is the supreme means. An Electoral College victory using voter suppression while motivating his base to new turnout levels.
I used to hope that Trump would lose the 2020 election. I thought the plan was in the latter case, resign just before his term ended, Pence would succeed him as President and then pardon him as in Ford and Nixon. Trump would then continue to litigate his other improprieties and crimes until he passed-on.
I had not thought about starting a war, or at best a major crisis, as a way of wrapping himself in the flag, motivating his base, finding new pro-Trump voters and then getting re-elected.
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