Some quick thoughts. Oct-Dec in the market marked a bear that a lot of people didn't see coming. I am wondering something here. Trump is not a God but he also isn't an imbecile as CNN, MSNBC, ABC et al wish to portray him as. I think he sees the numbers can only be juiced a certain amount and for so long until the inevitable will happen, a market bear/crash. Perhaps he sees this coming and shut down the market for this reason. Here's the why:
Trump wants to portray himself as winning, of course. So he knows the economy is slowing and recession is coming. He also knows he can't talk forever about how his policies are helping. He knows he is only extending the runway to the inevitable decline. So he decides to use the arrests as an excuse. Here's the rub:
Shutdown the government to prevent the bad numbers from coming out like jobless claims, PPI, CPI, inflation, etc.
Juice the market with the PPT temporarily, burn some shorts, get the correction going.
Turn the government back "on"' and as the market is declining again, use this opportunity to announce arrests of Obama, Brennan, Feinstein, Lynch, Clinton, etc - the market decline can be explained as a reaction to the arrests.
Regardless, the next few months are going to be interesting for sure. Stay safe my friends!