Sunday, December 20, 2020

“You Can’t Reason With Him at All”: Trump Spends Final Days Plotting Revenge Against His Enemies and Pardons for Everyone Else

At the nadir of his 1990 debt crisis, Donald Trump bunkered himself inside Trump Tower for days on end, subsisting on a steady diet of hamburgers and French fries. As his real estate empire was collapsing, and his first marriage unraveling, Trump simply refused to accept the reality that his life was in a tailspin. “Do people really think I am in trouble?” Trump asked Vanity Fair’s Marie Brenner at the time, to which she replied, “Yes, they think you’re finished.” One of Trump’s lawyers, meanwhile, told Brenner, “Donald is a believer in the big-lie theory. If you say something again and again, people will believe you.”

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