Donald Trump’s defeat is good. Why does it feel so bad?

Today should be a celebratory day. The Electoral College will gather in state legislatures across the country and cast its votes, and Joe Biden will officially be designated the next president of the United States. The system, such as it is, is still working despite dozens of junk lawsuits, multiple attempts to undermine the will of the voters, and endless falsehoods from the loser of the presidential election. We’re not an authoritarian country, yet.

But it doesn’t feel great, does it?

The election of Donald Trump in 2016 made many of us fear for American self-government. But the election of Biden in 2020 hasn’t provided the relief we’d hoped for — not yet, at least.



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