To understand Trump, realise he’s a child

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To understand Trump, realise he’s a child

US president’s self-importance and enormous ego will simply not allow him to leave quietly and with dignity

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Despite the anxieties of the liberals, Donald Trump will leave office. He might not concede loss and he might not even show up at the inauguration of the new president Joe Biden. But he will depart the White House because like all schoolyard bullies, he is a coward. The threat (and embarrassment) of being dragged out of his office by federal officials will be enough for the former president to pack his bags.

The fact is, Trump knows he lost. Don’t be fooled by the bluff and bluster. His posture is so transparent: When I win (like in Alaska!), it’s fair; when I lose, it’s fraud. Reports are that some of his family, friends, and even Republican leaders have urged him to concede, or at the very least start the transition arrangements that give the president-elect access to things like facilitative funds and security briefings.

So why are the liberal classes choking on their aperitifs on CNN? It’s good media hype of course but please top the flailing. We know the man by now. He is a child in a grown-up’s body. His entire life divides the world into winners and losers, strong men (sic) and suckers. To accept defeat by a historic five million votes in the largest election turnout in a century (close to 150 million) is a huge smackdown for a man whose public trademark is “You’re fired”. Trump simply does not have the psychological and emotional resources to step down graciously in the face of a defeat by what will surely be more than 300 electoral votes...

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