Trump Will Resign and Pence Will Pardon
Donald Trump dares not leave office as a loser.
That tag has always been an existential threat to a man so unsure of his very existence that he wraps it in finery. Losing a second term to a Democratic opponent is blindingly unacceptable to his self-image, hence the drawn-out charade of ballot denial.
Pain beyond the limits of a psychologically impoverished president
January 20th is turnover-time, the passing of the baton to a next administration and there are niceties involved in that process. A meeting of winner and loser in the Oval Office, pleasantries exchanged, the shaking of hands, followed by the oath of office taken in a grandly public setting, the outgoing president looking on.
Then the outgoer is entertained, perhaps with gritted teeth, by the incomer’s inaugural address to the nation. Traditions are upheld. Wounds are, if not healed, at least bandaged over as a nation comes together.
But Trump never forgets, never forgives a slight
His four-year term always sought to divide, ne…