Biden is stealing the spotlight. Trump can’t stand it.

Donald Trump has entered the Norma Desmond phase of his presidency.

Desmond, you’ll recall, was the character at the heart of Sunset Boulevard, Billy Wilder’s classic 1950 film noir — a has-been silent movie star pining for the long-gone attention of the masses, living in a crumbling-but-ostentatious mansion, given company mostly by the sycophants and enablers on her payroll, scheming constantly about how to return to the spotlight. When it becomes clear that will not happen, that she has been living out a fantasy, she lashes out destructively.

And at the end, when it comes time for her to leave her mansion, Desmond is convinced to do so only when promised that she is, at long last, taking center stage once again.


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