Trump impeachment odds, and the odds of him quitting, are higher than ever. At least according to an Irish bookie, who reports that large amounts of money are being spent on betting that Trump's term will be artificially shortened.
The amazingly named bookie, Paddy Power, says that the amount of money put down on Trump quitting has turned odds into evens, or a 50% probability. The odds of Trump being impeached are 4/6, or 60%.
This follows the worst two weeks of Trump's presidency, in which he came under fire for defending white supremacists at the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a counterprotester was killed when a member of a white nationalist group rammed the crowd with a car. Trump initially said that "many sides" were to blame without naming white nationalist groups by name, then made a statement that did so, then hijacked his own infrastructure press conference by taking questions from reporters about Charlottesville and reverting to his "many sides" argument.
The situation drew harsh condemnation from both sides of the aisle — and often astonishing candor from Republicans. Senators Marco Rubio, John McCain and Jeff Flake rebuked the president by name. Last Thursday, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said that "radical changes" were needed in the White House and that "the President has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful."
Several of the president's corporate advisory committees were disbanded after members began dropping out over the president's seeming association with neo-Nazis. The week ended with the departure of Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon. And special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe continues, under the media radar for the moment.
Tony Schwartz, the co-author of Trump's 1987 autobiography The Art of the Deal, said he "would be amazed if [Trump] survives till end of the year.
“Trump is going to resign," he says, "and declare victory before Mueller and Congress leave him no choice.”