Donald Trump reaches capitulation


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Donald Trump may never concede, but that doesn’t really matter, so long as he capitulates. In other words, we don’t care if he admits he lost; we just care that he admits he’s leaving the White House on January 20th. To that end, Trump’s tweet today is notable:

“Biden can only enter the White House as President if he can prove that his ridiculous “80,000,000 votes” were not fraudulently or illegally obtained. When you see what happened in Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia & Milwaukee, massive voter fraud, he’s got a big unsolvable problem!”

Yes, this is completely unhinged. But it’s also a capitulation. Trump is now admitting that Biden is going to enter the White House; he’s merely reduced to setting imaginary conditions upon which he’ll recognize Biden as the “President” when it happens. But who cares? Trump is clinging to increasingly minor points while capitulating on the larger points. It’s what defeated losers do when they don’t want to admit they lost, but they can see that most observers know they lost.

In the end it won’t matter if Donald Trump concedes, or recognizes President Biden, or not. Sure, Trump’s supporters might not recognize Biden as being legitimate, but who cares? The majority of Americans never recognized Trump as being legitimate, and it didn’t stop him and his side from doing what they wanted to do. If the 23% of all Americans who voted for Trump in 2020 don’t recognize President Biden, it won’t matter one bit, unless our side unwittingly turns it into an issue by endlessly lamenting over it.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s tweet makes clear that he doesn’t understand the burden of proof. Then again, he never understood the burden of the presidency, or the burden of paying his bills, or the burden of following the law. But he’s soon going to understand the burden of prison.

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