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.”