Trump Should Follow LBJ’s Example
If, as seems likely, Donald Trump is indicted by a New York grand jury for reportedly paying hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and if, as also seems likely, Trump is also indicted by a Georgia grand jury for trying to force election officials to overturn that state’s vote count in the 2020 election, then Trump should follow the example of Lyndon B. Johnson.
On March 31, 1968. President Johnson spoke from the Oval Office. After trying to assure the nation he was committed to peace in Vietnam, Johnson said: “Believing this as I do, I have concluded that I should not permit the Presidency to become involved in the partisan divisions that are developing in this political year.
“Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President.”
Granted, the circumstances surrounding Trump and President Johnson are different, but Johnson’s decision not to run for re-election in order to focus on ending the war and bringing peace to Vietnam and what ought to be Trump’s decision to withdraw from the presidential race in order to focus on his growing legal problems and especially his wife and young son seems