[Ed. – They said the same thing about Richard Nixon.]
A politician has to work hard to destroy a legacy and a future in a single day. President Donald J. Trump managed it.
By this Wednesday afternoon, media outlets had called both Georgia Senate runoffs for the Democratic candidates, handing Sen. Chuck Schumer the keys to that chamber. We now have a Democrat-controlled Washington. The Georgia news came as a mob of Trump supporters — egged on by the president himself — occupied the U.S. Capitol building. Now four people are dead, while aides and officials run for the exits.
It didn’t have to be this way. The president had every right — even an obligation, given the ad hoc changes to voting rules — to challenge state election results in court. But when those challenges failed (which every one did, completely), he had the opportunity to embrace his legacy, cement his accomplishments, and continue to play a powerful role in GOP politics.