President Donald Trump did not build a wall or end American carnage or finish his term with a robust economy. His slogan was “Make America Great Again,” but the lasting image of his term — rioters assaulting the U.S. Capitol and the country’s republican form of governance, in his name — was anything but great.
The failed coup — if it was organized enough to call it that — concluded a presidency that often used Orwellian tools of Newspeak and Doublethink to communicate.
“This mob was fed lies,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Tuesday. “They were provoked by the president and other powerful people.”
Trump’s lies, told up until the end in service of accumulating and maintaining power, were so conspicuous and dangerous that he was booted from the very social media sites that had built his base.