Fact vs. Fiction: A Second Look Back at Two Years of Trump

President Donald Trump pauses while speaking on the South Lawn of the White House, Jan. 6, 2019 (AP photo by Alex Brandon).
President Donald Trump pauses while speaking on the South Lawn of the White House, Jan. 6, 2019 (AP photo by Alex Brandon).
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Back in the early months of Donald Trump’s presidency, I took a playful stab at imagining a retrospective “view from 2019” of his first two years in office. Given that it’s now 2019, it’s only fair that I compare my predictions with how things have actually turned out. Unsurprisingly, I was off on many of the details. On the broader themes, I was closer to the mark—with one major exception, where I was flat-out wrong. To begin with the details my fictional narrative missed, I wrongly assumed that the so-called adults in the room, who were ascendant within the administration […]

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