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The U.S. Population Is Currently Shrinking . . .

. . . according to Chris Ladd’s calculations: “Fewer Americans will be alive to see Joe Biden Inaugurated than were living on Election Day. This has probably never happened before.”

Update: To paraphrase Bill Clinton, it may depend on the meaning of “this.” The population shrank between FDR’s re-election in 1944 and re-inauguration in 1945.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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