Trump shows up too late to his presidency

Like Auda abu Tayi in Lawrence of Arabia, Donald Trump is a river to his people. As congressional leadership in both parties prepares for the Christmas holiday, the president is insisting that the 6,000-page mess of a relief bill passed just before midnight on Monday should be amended. In keeping with his previous demands, Trump is insisting that Americans should receive stimulus checks in the amount of $2,000 rather than the $600 stipulated in the legislation.

This demand, which flies in the face of his own party’s reluctance to include direct payments of any kind in their relief efforts, is as good a reminder as any of the fundamental themes of this bizarre presidency.


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