Trump: The Accidental President

In the latest issue of The Week magazine, William Falk, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, wrote an editorial that I found spot on and I want to share a few excerpts with you.

First, Mr. Falk talks about the surprising election of Donald Trump in 2016.

It was an accident of history. On election night in 2016, Donald Trump’s victory came as a shock even to him. As results came in, adviser Steve Bannon said, Trump was speechless and “horrified.” Don Jr. said his father looked like he’d “seen a ghost.” Like millions of Americans, Melania was crying, and they were not tears of joy. Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, later said his longtime boss had told him the presidential run would serve as “the greatest infomercial in political history”—a way of promoting his real-estate and reality-TV brand.

Then Mr. Falk offers a brilliant summation of Trump’s presidency.

Breaking news: Trump did not grow into the job. He tweeted, watched Fox News, and golfed, turning the presidency into just another show. He used his platform and power to sow chaos, spout lies and disinformation, poison our politics, defy norms and laws, pander to despots, alienate allies, downplay and actually worsen a raging pandemic that’s killed 400,000 Americans, encourage and embolden white supremacists, incite an insurrection to overturn an election, and futilely try to fill his bottomless pit of narcissistic need.

(The remainder of this post isn’t William Falk talking. It’s all me.)

And yet, even after The worst president in U.S. history has left office, the aftermath of Trump still haunts us.And now GOP leaders, such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, above, are starting to meet with Trump in Mar-a-Lago, his “Winter White House,” as he used to call it.

Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me if Trump is planning to set up a shadow presidency working with Republicans in Congress and maybe Republican governors in order to undermine and subvert the duly elected President and his administration.

As Rachel Maddow always says, “watch this space.”

24 thoughts on “Trump: The Accidental President

  1. newepicauthor January 28, 2021 / 5:44 pm

    Republicans have no idea what they are doing, especially if the best they can come up with is to continue his destructive policies.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Paula Light January 28, 2021 / 6:28 pm

    Democrats have to be super tough and united. We must right now get more Democrats registered to vote in the midterms. We can’t work with Republicans; we simply need to make them irrelevant…

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango January 29, 2021 / 4:14 am

      You’re 100% right. But Republicans are better at toeing the line and staying on message than the Democrats, unfortunately.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. slmret January 28, 2021 / 6:57 pm

    A shadow presidency would be terrible — we all need to be vigilant, and to work to convince the world that there are better ways to govern the country!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. XingfuMama January 28, 2021 / 7:33 pm

    Might be cleaner to cut off a swath of the deep south, have a 2 month move where you want period then let them go. If they want King Donny-boy let them have him. They’ll be broke inside of six months…those that survive.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. rugby843 January 28, 2021 / 8:47 pm

    I dont think he’s that smart. I bet he’s glad to be in his luxury again where he rules

    Liked by 1 person

      • James Pyles January 29, 2021 / 12:29 pm

        I assume you’re joking. MSNBC is a hard pass.


        • Fandango January 29, 2021 / 1:09 pm

          No joke, James. I love Rachel Maddow and for me, Fox News is a hard pass. But hey, whatever floats your boat.


        • Marleen January 29, 2021 / 6:33 pm

          MSNBC has a bunch of people, now, I’m sure you’ve voted with in the past. I think they’re better (at least in some ways or to some extent) than today’s Republicans. (Of course, that characterization doesn’t include Rachel. But I like her, too.)

          Liked by 1 person

      • Marleen February 2, 2021 / 9:10 pm

        Has been especially must see tonight.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. leigha66 January 31, 2021 / 11:04 pm

    It is a scary thought that he might be a shadow president! 😱

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango January 31, 2021 / 11:48 pm

      Very scary…and that he would others who will embrace him.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. bloggingbyrgottier February 26, 2021 / 6:08 pm

    I love the post you put up. I think that if someone could keep Trump busy for awhile, it would take him away from how he thinks. I don’t think he can survive if he just sits on his tail & does nothing but use the internet to stay busy & get his followers working again.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. justinandrewwatson June 1, 2021 / 12:13 am

    He’s becoming less and less relevant online, due to his ban from almost all major platforms. He still has the backing of the majority or Republicans, we’ll see if he keeps that position come mid-term time.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango June 1, 2021 / 6:25 am

      I don’t understand how a lying, cheating, con man like he is still has the backing of the majority of Republicans. It’s like he’s some sort of modern day Svengali.


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