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President Donald Trump may still be pushing to overturn the election results, but the staff of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue know it’s over.
“None of the advisers and aides I’ve spoken with over the past couple of weeks is under any illusion that Trump will serve a second term,” our White House correspondent Peter Nicholas reports. “The show’s about to end.”
Tomorrow afternoon, Congress is set to vote to certify the Electoral College results, despite antidemocratic defections by Trump and allies.
Here’s what the last days in the White House are like. “After January 6, I think you’ll see a traditional defeated president,” one person close to the White House told Peter.
One of Trump’s final rallies of his term was “a classic of the form.” By that, our staff writer David A. Graham means that the Dalton, Georgia event was “sometimes entertaining, often incoherent, always erratic, and entirely terrifying.”
Meanwhile, the race to succeed him is on. “Look at the behavior, over the past few days, of the most ardent Trumpists,” Anne Applebaum writes. Trumpism, she argues, is really about the fantasy of unending victory.