The Post-Trump Era Is About To Begin—Buckle Up

President Donald Trump will leave the White House on Jan. 20, perhaps sooner if growing efforts to unseat him in the remaining days of his presidency come to fruition. Whatever happens over the next two weeks, the economic and social forces that helped elect Trump aren’t going away. In fact, there’s a distinct possibility that those forces will strengthen and broaden in the months and years ahead. In turn, political and economic uncertainty may increase, in ways that have yet to be fully understood or recognized.

For the immediate future, the Trump presidency is ending in chaos. That’s saying something given the administration’s norm-breaking habits of the past four years. It appears that Trump’s actions on Jan. 6 crossed a line that many of his most arduous supporters in Congress and elsewhere deemed a bridge too far. Although the core of the Trump base is still intact outside of the Washington Beltway, and perhaps more committed than ever, a growing number of Republicans – in the administration and in Congress – are bailing on the president in the wake of the riots that erupted at the Capitol on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, whatever veneer of deference the Democrats had mustered toward Trump prior to Jan. 6 has given way to active efforts to remove the president from office–again. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spoke for party yesterday when she said that “while it’s only 13 days left, any day can be a horror show for America.” She added that Trump committed a “seditious act” on Wednesday when he incited his supporters, in an outdoor, midday speech near the Capitol, to march in support of false claims that the election had been stolen from him and so they should make a stand for his presidency. Chaos (and several deaths) followed as Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and temporarily shutdown efforts to formally certify Biden’s election victory.

In a sign of how much former support for Trump has evaporated, the conservative editorial page of The Wall Street Journal advises: “The best outcome would be for him to resign to spare the US another impeachment fight.”

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