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Abbreviated Abstract of the Consultants: The Trump Presidency is Ending

Jacob Lambert at The Week has 12 memorable photos from Trump’s presidency.

Also at The Week, Damon Linker reflects on Trump’s legacy:

A large faction of Republican voters now seems happy to be lied to – just as a bloc of their representatives in Congress seems to be keen to continue to practice a policy of lies and total war, even if this is a real uprising against the institution triggers in which they serve. Democrats, on the other hand, will be in a good mood for a while, enjoying getting rid of the mad king and enjoying their own return to political power. But how long will the good feelings last if the GOP continues to treat the new president as a man who rose to office by fraud?

On the Atlantic, McKay Coppins writes about the coming republican amnesia:

[T]The narrative now forming in some GOP circles shows Trump as a secondary figure who, thanks to the wisdom and leadership of the Republicans, led a number of key achievements in his orbit. In these reports, Trump’s racial bait, corruption, and cruel immigration policies – not to mention his attempts to overthrow an election – are treated as minor subplots rather than defining characteristics.

History Professor Tim Naftali:

President Donald Trump has long enjoyed superlatives. The first. The best. The most. The biggest. “No president has ever done what I did,” he boasts. “No president has ever come close,” he says. But as his four years in office come to an end, there is only one title to claim: Donald Trump is the worst president America has ever had.

Finally, don’t miss Jamelle Bouie’s piece in the Washington Post on the scourge of Trumpism:

Maybe the next Trump, if there is one, will be a different celebrity. Someone with a powerful and persuasive personality who acts in fear, anger, and hate. Someone who “triggers the libraries” and puts on a show. Someone who already has an audience that speaks as much for the Republican base as it does for them. Republican voters have already brought a Fox News viewer to the White House. From there, it’s just a short step to the choice a real Fox News personality.

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