Opinion: Donald Trump is a one-term president who can't admit he's a loser
November 7, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 05: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the briefing room at the White House on November 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. Votes are still being counted two days after the presidential election as incumbent Trump is in a close race against challenger Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, which remains too close to call. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Following the election of President-elect Joe Biden, Michael D'Antonio writes that President Trump has become what he fears most: a loser. The result of this election was a referendum on President Trump's personality--rather than his policies or his administration.
Like so many of President Donald Trump's so-called jokes, his recent quip about leaving the country if he lost "to the worst candidate in the history of politics" contained a hint of truth.
The one certain fact about Trump in his moment of defeat in his race against former Vice President Joe Biden is that he is not feeling good at all.
Presidents are rarely denied when they pursue a second term -- it has happened four times in the last 100 years -- which means Trump cannot escape the label he hates most of all: loser.
If presidents depart as they governed -- and they seem to -- we should expect Trump to defy the example set by the first president Bush and, before him, by Jimmy Carter, who was devastated by his loss but conceded, and aided the Reagan team's transition before setting a standard for former presidents with his human rights and charitable work.
In addition to the problems he faces in business and the courts, Trump will leave office as perhaps the most polarizing president in history.
In the same survey that found Trump to be the "most polarizing" of all presidents, political scientists surveyed earlier this year also placed him dead last in their measure of "greatness," well behind one-termers George H.
President Trump also used the deaths of innocent third parties to attack those he regards as political enemies, and he even called America's war dead "suckers and losers. "
Facing the possibility of mounting legal troubles, challenges to his wealth and a nation he helped to divide, Trump may feel he has no choice but to continue fighting the election verdict and, upon leaving office, commence a media crusade to press that claim that he was robbed.