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Will There Be a Trump Presidential Library? Don't Count On It.

Added 01-22-21 07:25:03pm EST - “If you understand how presidential libraries are created, it's hard to see how Trump ever gets it done.” - Politico.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Politico.com: “Will There Be a Trump Presidential Library? Don’t Count On It.”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

If you understand how presidential libraries are created, it’s hard to see how Trump ever gets it done.

Anthony Clark, a former House Oversight Committee professional staffer and Member legislative director, is the author of a book on the politics and history of presidential libraries, The Last Campaign: How Presidents Rewrite History, Run for Posterity & Enshrine Their Legacies.

For months, as the end of Donald Trump’s term approached, historians and journalists have been playing a speculation game: What will Donald Trump’s presidential library be like?

“A shrine to his ego,” predicted a historian in the Washington Post. Others imagine a theme park, or a “full MAGA” exercise in rebranding his presidency. One report said he’s trying to raise an astonishing $2 billion to build it.

It’s not because he doesn’t read books (presidential libraries aren’t that kind of library), and not because his presidency ended in a shocking insurrection at the U.S. Capitol fanned by Trump himself, resulting in a second impeachment. Other presidents have stepped down in borderline disgrace—Richard Nixon resigned; Herbert Hoover lost in a landslide, blamed for the Great Depression—and still got their libraries.

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