Trump's post-election antics serve his needs — at the nation's expense

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No one expected President Trump to handle a defeat in the 2020 election well. It was predictable he would deny that he really lost and allege the vote was rigged, that he would tweet wild and misle…
No one expected President Trump to handle a defeat in the 2020 election well.

It was predictable he would deny that he really lost and allege the vote was rigged, that he would tweet wild and misleading things and that he would lash out in absurd and sophomoric ways.

All that was inevitable. What's been more disturbing is how far he and his allies have been willing to push it, not content only to delegitimize the election, but actively seeking to invalidate it.

This was the vista opened by the refusal of Republican canvassers in Wayne County — which includes Detroit — to certify the county's election results on Tuesday, before relenting.

Trump's central failing as president has been his inability to distinguish between his personal interest and the public interest. No president in memory has made less of an effort to allow the institution of the presidency to shape him and to conform to the constraints it imposes. Instead, he has acted as if he is the host of "Celebrity Apprentice," merely relocated to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and with more Twitter followers.

As a personal matter, his handling of the election has been a runaway success. For him, the potential downside of elected office was courting the humiliation of defeat experienced by almost ­every major politician at some point in their careers. It…
Rich Lowry
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