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Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Reaction Is Backfiring

By acting like a narcissistic gangster, Trump is doing what prosecutors and Democrats haven’t

John Dean
Dean’s List
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4 min readAug 19, 2022

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Last week I remembered why I voted for Joe Biden in 2020. I liked the former VP, but what I really wanted was for Trump to be gone. And for a while, he was. He looked like and acted like a dead man walking.

Then the FBI executed a search warrant for confidential documents improperly transferred to Mar-a-Lago. Suddenly, behavior dismissed by many as buffoonish or a textbook example of narcissism found Trump and his allies comparing FBI agents to Nazis, calling for the defunding of the FBI, and failing to explain why highly classified documents were illegally transferred from the White House to Trump’s personal winter home.

Trump hasn’t tried to explain why he would want national security-related documents after he left office, an omission troubling to some of his followers. Would Trump try to sell sensitive information to foreign countries or attempt to use it to leverage an advantage in a business deal? The very thought of these crimes disgusts normal people, including some who still believe Trump was a good president.

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John Dean
Dean’s List

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