“Both also seem to live in alternate realities, surrounded only by those who confirm those realities,” she said. “But while one incubator will survive a slow and long decline, the other will increasingly face rapid decline and try to do everything possible to save his family and loyalists – and himself, of course.”
Students of the American presidency, however, could not imagine a new parallel. “On the way to Inauguration Day, I thought almost every day of a remark attributed to Henry Adams:” I expected the worst and it was worse than I expected, “said Patricia O’Toole, a biographer of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson and Adams.
Unlike his modern predecessors, Mr Trump did not call his victorious opponent, let alone invite him to the traditional post-election visit to the White House. Mr Trump has indicated that he may not attend Mr Biden’s inauguration, which would make him the first sitting president since 1869 to refuse to participate in the most important ritual of peaceful transfer of power.
He has been empowered by Republican leaders not to stand against him, even though many privately wish he would leave sooner rather than later. After the call “Profiles in Cowardice” by an ally of the President, 75 Republican lawmakers from Pennsylvania on Friday refused their own choice and called on Congress to turn down the state’s voters for Mr Biden. Only 25 out of 249 Republican Congressmen interviewed by the Washington Post publicly recognized Mr. Biden’s victory.
“He was really on the grassroots level,” said Christopher Ruddy, a friend of the president and chief executive officer of Newsmax, part of the conservative news media megaphone that supported and reinforced Mr Trump’s claims. “You voted for him and voted for the second time in his mind. And they are emphatic in this recounting effort and they want him to continue. In his mind he does this not only for himself, but also for his supporters and for the country. He is on a mission and will not be easy to influence. “
Mr. Trump’s Twitter feed is a fire hose of rejection. “There is no way we have lost this election.” he wrote once in the last few days. “We won Michigan a lot!” He was writing in another state that he had lost by more than 154,000 votes. He published a message in which he wanted to delegitimize Mr. Biden: “If he is initiated under these circumstances, He cannot be considered a “President”. it is called #presidentialoccupant. “
And he has turned against his own party, furious that Republican leaders have refused to accept his baseless claims and overthrow the will of voters. He was referring to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, once a popular ally, as “The unfortunate governor of Georgia.” and the “Republican” Governor of Georgia“Ironically with his quotes, called Mr. Kemp on Saturday to urge him to challenge Mr. Biden’s victory in the state. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, another Republican, has joined the target list. Mr. Trump retweeted a post in which it says, “Gov Ducey betrayed the people of Arizona.” Adding “TRUE!”