|The Oval Office emptied for cleaning|
Donald Trump is not President of the United States. Legally and technically he is, of course. And O. J. Simpson is legally and technically innocent of murder. What’s legal and what’s true are not always the same thing. And it’s not just because Trump failed to win the popular vote. As ridiculous as the Electoral College is, it is our accepted mechanism for choosing the president, and it did so in keeping with law and tradition. But even though he lacks the democratic legitimacy we demand of every other elected official – even dog-catcher and county judge – that’s only the beginning of what’s missing in our present presidential vacancy. Things have felt very strange since Inauguration Day, and it’s a feeling of something disordered, something uneasy, and – most strikingly – something lost. America no longer has a leader.
|Receiving delicate national security information in public|