Which also feeds into another wild speculation from a talking head I don't hold much regard for (Trumps ex PR guy that lasted for less than 2 weeks, can't remember his name) but his thought made a lot of sense. He was saying he thinks it likely that Trump might pull out of the next Presidential elections. His supposition is that Trump has such an ego and is such a narcissist that standing and losing would be a disaster for that ego and, as the news and polls get bad, so Trump will look for an excuse and he thought it likely that Trump would pull out of standing for another term around next March under some daft excuse (bone spurs maybe?) but purely becaus ehos ego could not stand it should he lose.
I think the beginning of Trump standing down might be underway - or at least the early signs.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-reality-tv-white-house-apprentice-mark-burnett-a9192106.html wrote:Trump ‘misses reality TV’ and is reportedly planning a new show for after the White House
Donald Trump is “very keen” on launching a new reality TV series after his days serving in the White House are over, according to reports.
The president has “sporadically kept in touch” with Mark Burnett, the creator of The Apprentice, and misses his days in front of the camera as the star of the show, according to the Daily Beast.
The pair reportedly raised the idea of launching a new version of the show titled The Apprentice: White House.
“There have been several discussions between Burnett and Trump about The Apprentice: White House,” a source told the news outlet. “It is something Burnett thinks could be a money-spinner and Trump is very keen on doing.”
Mr Trump regularly reminisces about hosting The Apprentice since becoming president, describing it as a “good experience” during off-script moments at rallies and tweeting about it being a “VERY successful show”.
I wonder (or maybe it's hope) that as the impeachment progresses and more Trump appointees start giving evidence or fail to "aggressively defend him", so he might start thinking one way to close it down would be to not stand again - which might discourage the Democrats as it's risky for them as well. So more people giving evidence, the appeal of getting back on TV, worsening polls, etc.