Abbreviated pundit roundup: The Trump presidency winds down


Jacob Lambert at The Week has 12 unforgettable photographs of Trump’s presidency.

Additionally at The Week, Damon Linker displays on Trump’s legacy:

A big faction of Republican voters now seems to thrill in being lied to — simply as a bloc of their representatives in Congress appears desperate to proceed practising a politics of lies and complete battle, even when it conjures up a real-world revolt in opposition to the very establishment during which they serve. Democrats, in contrast, will likely be in an excellent temper for some time, having fun with being rid of the mad king and relishing their very own return to political energy. However how lengthy will the nice emotions final if the GOP continues to deal with the brand new president as a person who rose to workplace by way of fraud?

At The Atlantic, McKay Coppins writes concerning the coming Republican amnesia:

[T]he narrative now forming in some GOP circles presents Trump as a secondary determine who presided over an array of vital accomplishments due to the knowledge and steerage of the Republicans in his orbit. In these accounts, Trump’s race-baiting, corruption, and merciless immigration insurance policies—to not point out his makes an attempt to overturn an election—are handled as minor subplots, reasonably than defining options.

Historical past professor Tim Naftali:

President Donald Trump has lengthy exulted in superlatives. The primary. The perfect. Essentially the most. The best. “No president has ever completed what I’ve completed,” he boasts. “No president has ever even come shut,” he says. However as his 4 years in workplace draw to an finish, there’s just one title to which he can lay declare: Donald Trump is the worst president America has ever had.

And on a last notice, don’t miss Jamelle Bouie’s piece at The Washington Put up on the scourge of Trumpism:

Maybe the subsequent Trump, if there may be one, will likely be one other superstar. Somebody with a robust and compelling persona, who traffics in worry and anger and hate. Somebody who “triggers the libs” and places on a present. Somebody who already has an viewers, who speaks for the Republican base as a lot as he speaks to them. Republican voters have already put a Fox Information viewer into the White Home. From there it’s only a brief step to electing an actual Fox News personality.