The day the world stopped paying attention to Donald Trump

Are we finally changing the channel?

Trump at a briefing
(Image credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Donald Trump isn't just losing the presidency. He is losing his power.

The Oval Office comes with a lot of authority, of course, but President Trump's power has always been rooted in his talent for attracting and keeping attention. That's why, even during his ostensible career as a developer and casino operator, he kept finding ways to end up on TV and in movies — and why, when social media emerged, Trump attracted even bigger audiences by pumping out his thoughts a few hundred characters at a time. When he ran for president in 2016, cable networks would show his rallies for hours, giving him billions of dollars worth of free media.

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