Donald Trump, the great pretender

On Wednesday, the Trump presidency will draw to a close. Whether the Trump Era ends with it remains to be seen.

The question hinges partly on the Senate’s Republican caucus, and whether they will make a decisive break with the outgoing president by convicting him and barring him from office. It depends partly on the media — traditional, right-wing, and social — and whether they will frustrate his future attempts to claim the spotlight. But most importantly, it depends on the American people, and whether we want to move on.

Whether we will do so depends greatly on whether we come to understand what Trump’s presidency truly has been.



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