No Clean Endings in Politics

Then—President Donald Trump gestures as he and First Lady Melania Trump depart the White House to board Marine One ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden in Washington, D.C., January 20, 2021. (Leah Millis/Reuters)
Trump's electoral loss, rather than a grand repudiation, is as much satisfaction as his enemies are going to get.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D onald Trump’s effect on the minds of certain people was to plunge them into a heroic story. For QAnon and other hard-core Trumpers, the November election and the days leading up to the January 6 riot at the Capitol were the downbeat in the story before the glorious finale. If you read “Save the Cat!” — the screenwriter’s cheat sheet for story beats — you know that every great Hollywood epic has these moments before the end, the moment when “All Hope Is Lost,” and our hero faces his Dark Night of the Soul. By January 5, Mike Pence was transformed

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