Stealy Resolve

“The 20 days between the election on Nov. 3 and the greenlighting of Biden’s transition exemplified some of the hallmarks of life in Trump’s White House: a government paralyzed by the president’s fragile emotional state; advisers nourishing his fables; expletive-laden feuds between factions of aides and advisers; and a pernicious blurring of truth and fantasy.” That Trump is fighting to overturn the election is scary. That we’ve been led for four years by a guy who actually believes all the related conspiracy theories is even scarier. WaPo: 20 days of fantasy and failure: Inside Trump’s quest to overturn the election.

+ It’s tempting to dismiss Mr. Trump’s irrational claim that the election was ‘rigged’ as a laughable last convulsion of his reign or a cynical bid to heighten the market value for the TV personality he might once again intend to become, especially as he appears to be giving up on his effort to overturn the election result. But that would be a grave error. Instead, the campaign should be seen as what it is: an attempt to elevate ‘They stole it’ to the level of legend, perhaps seeding for the future social polarization and division on a scale America has never seen. Jochen Bittner with a must-read in the NYT: 1918 Germany Has a Warning for America. Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” campaign recalls one of the most disastrous political lies of the 20th century.

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