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.
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