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Fri Jan 8, 2021, 04:27 PM

Donald Trump won't survive this American carnage of his own making

At the very least, Trump's post-presidency is looking less like a shadow presidency and more like permanent exile

By HEATHER DIGBY PARTON
JANUARY 8, 2021

Donald Trump has two basic talents. The first is for self-promotion and the second is a strong, feral survival instinct. Those two things were really all it took for him to rise to become the most famous man in the world with the most important job on the planet. (That should tell you something about American culture but it's too depressing to contemplate.)

The talent for self-promotion has snowed everyone from sophisticated investment bankers, who kept loaning him money year after year despite repeated business failures, to small-town business owners who thought that he was a great real estate developer and later a great president just because he told them so. They all believed his lies.

The survival instinct is probably the more important characteristic because it spared him repercussions for failure after failure. It didn't hurt, of course, that for most of his life he had a rich father he could tap whenever things got rough. Nonetheless, for someone who isn't very smart, charming or interesting, Donald Trump has shown amazing resilience. His survival instinct got him to the White House and it sustained him through four years in a very difficult job for which he was uniquely unfit. Any one of the dozen scandals that have engulfed him since he started running for the presidency in 2015 would have finished off any other politician. But Trump survived all of them, just moving like a shark through the water from one self-induced crisis to another.

I had assumed that his survival instinct would kick in with this electoral defeat and he would see it for the opportunity it was. He could leave office whining that the election was stolen from him but use it as a springboard to make more money by promising a big rematch in 2024. He would leave office gracelessly, of course, because it would make better TV to stand on the White House steps making a Douglas MacArthur style "I shall return!" promise before flying off in Marine One for the last time. Who wouldn't tune in to that spectacle?

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https://www.salon.com/2021/01/08/donald-trump-wont-survive-this-american-carnage-of-his-own-making/

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Fri Jan 8, 2021, 04:38 PM

1. better chain the resolute desk down and look for claw marks .

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Fri Jan 8, 2021, 04:51 PM

2. Not only him, but it will nix a senate run by vunka and jr will not be running the rnc

And thatís just for starters

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Fri Jan 8, 2021, 04:54 PM

3. At this Point, He Better Hope There Aren't Folks Looking at Permanent Solutions

to the Trump issue. I have to say, my estimation of the powers and influence of our intel services has come down quite a few notches in the last few years. They are supposed to deal decisively with threats to national security.

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Fri Jan 8, 2021, 04:54 PM

4. Agreed. Trump will suffer the consequences.

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