A Quixotic President

Protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021. (Leah Millis/Reuters)
Much like Don Quixote, Trump has invited his followers into a fantasy world. The problem is: The delusion has taken root.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F our in ten Americans agree at least partially with the claim that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. Some believe it so wholeheartedly that they dressed up in Viking costumes, painted their faces, and caused a world-historical commotion. Imagine putting your feet up on Nancy Pelosi’s desk, pocketing her mail, and then smoking a cigarette in the Capitol rotunda. Picture yourself swinging from the rafters of the House gallery like a chimpanzee. What could drive you to such mad antics?

Those proffering explanations for last week’s events blame either Trump or the Washington establishment. Each side attributes the fault lines in