When No Means No

The fury of our two-year-old daughter was never greater than when the world — as in her parents — denied her something she wanted. Sometimes, it was as simple as demanding to see a television show again when technology had not yet made that possible. Sometimes, it was more primal — another trip to the ice cream store, more candy, less napping. The more she hollered, the less inclined the world — her parents — was to bend to that tiny girl’s intense will.

The tantrums of a tired toddler have nothing on what must be happening in the White House following Trump’s loss to Biden as court after court has rejected Trump’s election fraud lawsuits. The Supreme Court — including “his” justices — put the cherry on the top with its refusal to even hear Texas’ suit that would overturn the election results in four other states.

He has never before encountered a problem that he couldn’t sue away through the court system or spin away.

Maggie Haberman, The New York Times, on Fresh Air

Unfortunately for Trump, and fortunately for the country, he has not been able to bend reality to his desires.

Jamelle Bouie, The New York Times

Could you imagine if I lose? My whole life, what am I going to do? I’m going to say I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics. I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country. I don’t know.

Donald Trump, on 2020 the campaign trail

We did imagine it. You did lose. Maybe you’ll have to leave the country. Just don’t do it on Air Force One.

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