Get Ready for Trump, the Shadow President

Trump could make a play to become “president-in-exile,” and the media will likely eat it up.

Katelyn Burns
3 min readNov 25, 2020
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We know for a fact President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 election, but I don’t think Donald Trump is going anywhere.

Over the last two weeks and change, the Trump has refused to acknowledge that he lost the election, instead stoking conspiracy theories and latching onto half-baked legal challenges in a desperate attempt to maintain legitimacy.

With his party and many key government officials marching in virtual lockstep behind him, what the president is attempting to do could have rightfully been called a coup.

But late Monday, the General Services Administration declared Biden as the official winner and signed off on beginning the presidential transition of power. While seemingly everyone assumed Trump would rather be dragged out of the White House, Trump signaled that he supported the GSA decision, for the first time, it seems, implicitly acknowledging he did not win a second term in office. It’s clear Trump is looking at a transition of his own — into a president-in-exile.

Trump’s reign for the last four years has often earned his administration the moniker, “the reality show presidency,” and there’s no reason to…

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Katelyn Burns

Political journalist. The first openly trans Capitol Hill reporter in US history. Writing about more than just trans issues. Follow her on Twitter @transscribe