Trump's 2016 obsession could cost him the 2020 election

If the president spends the next year and a half complaining about how unfairly he was treated in the last election, he could very well lose the next

President Trump.
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Late on Thursday, the day former Vice President Joe Biden announced his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic nomination, President Trump appeared on Fox News to discuss the election — the one held two and a half years ago in 2016.

Some of us expected the president's interview with Sean Hannity to be a short chat about "Sleepy Joe" and the rest of the 20-person Democratic field. Instead, Trump ranted about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which he called "an attempted coup," "an attempted overthrow of the United States government," and "the biggest scandal in political history in this country." Depending on how you define "government," at least one of these could be considered an accurate characterization of the pointless, bad-faith exploration of non-existent collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russian government. It was certainly an attempt to cripple Trump's administration, to make it impossible for him to execute the duties of his office. It is now being used as a pretext by many of his opponents — including five Democrats running for president next year — for arguing that he should be impeached.

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Matthew Walther

Matthew Walther is a national correspondent at The Week. His work has also appeared in First Things, The Spectator of London, The Catholic Herald, National Review, and other publications. He is currently writing a biography of the Rev. Montague Summers. He is also a Robert Novak Journalism Fellow.