I said a couple of years ago (back when people were still telling me to “Give trump a chance!”) that the only way he would resign is if he could do it in a way that would still show him to be a WINNER. The one thing he cannot stand is to be a loser, or more to the point, BE SEEN AS A LOSER.
The question becomes, “how can trump step down and still be SEEN AS A WINNER?”
One way (a fantasy just off the top of my head) is if the Nobel Committee could be persuaded to give him the Nobel Peace Prize if he steps down. No, that won’t happen, nor should it, but that’s the level of WINNING that he would have to perceive in order for him to leave the presidency a winner.
Okay, that idea was nuts.
But it would take something just that nuts to get him to voluntarily step down. He has to go out on top-- or at least he has to see it as being on top. Johnson did it for the good of the country. Trump doesn’t have that in him. But I personally think he would like an out.
Put on your thinking caps, peeps, and come up with a way to get trump to leave the WH as a WINNER (in his own mind).