I Write Letters

Dear Political Press:

Stop. Just stop. For two years now, you have been writing and publishing articles about and taken up countless hours of television and radio airtime discussing how Donald Trump is just about to turn the corner and become a Serious Person.

This is never going to happen.

It did not happen when Corey Lewandowski was running his campaign. It did not happen when Paul Manafort was running his campaign. It did not happen when Kellyanne Conway was running his campaign. It did not happen when he made his son-in-law Jared Kushner a senior advisor in his White House. It did not happen when his daughter Ivanka was given a prominent role in his White House. It did not happen when he made Reince Priebus his Chief of Staff. And it will not happen now that John Kelly is his Chief of Staff.

Because Trump is always Trump. Being Trump is the only thing he knows how to do.

And he's never going to stop doing it.

He will be Maximum Trump every day of his Trump life — and if he were ever going to stop being the abusive, arrogant, vainglorious, controlling, manipulative, self-aggrandizing, corrupt bully that he has been his whole deplorable life, if he were even capable of change, giving him more power, more influence, more visibility, more attention, and less accountability was the surest way to nip that already infinitesimally small possibility right in its impossibly unlikely bud.

Trump gonna Trump. That should be excruciatingly evident at this point, if it somehow wasn't from go.

Every article that portends or promises a pivot is a fucking embarrassment. I honestly don't know how any human being with a modicum of dignity could put their name to such execrable dreck.

But even worse than that: It's dangerous, this narrative. It's a lie. And it's a lie that serves to suggest that the heinous assault Trump is making on our democratic systems, norms, ethics, and rule of law is just a passing phase, and we'll definitely get back to normal in short order.

No, we won't. If we manage to fully recover at all from the ruination Trump has already wrought, it will take a very long time. And it will require more than giving Trump a cookie for paying attention in a meeting.

Shame on you for delivering false reassurances to the public that it could ever be as simple as your narrative suggests, that all we need is for Trump to finally pivot to presidential at long last, especially when it's never going to happen anyway.

Please. I beg you. Stop.


Most Urgently,

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