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Let's give Trump cash reparations -- in exchange for his retirement

Dana Milbank on

WASHINGTON -- How can we ever repay Donald Trump?

The sad truth is we probably cannot. And yet, conscience dictates that we try.

This is why we should welcome Jerry Falwell Jr.'s proposal: America owes President Trump reparations.

The president of Liberty University floated this fine idea over the weekend, and Trump himself quickly embraced the proposal with a retweet, adding a rationale: "Despite the tremendous success that I have had as president, including perhaps the greatest ECONOMY and most successful first two years of any president in history, they have stolen two years of my (our) Presidency (Collusion Delusion) that we will never be able to get back."

Theft! A tangible wrong. And yet -- incredibly -- when I search GoFundMe for "Trump Reparations," I find nobody attempting to compensate Trump for his suffering.

Certainly, others have a more compelling historical claim on reparations. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren floated reparations for Native Americans, who suffered genocide. Another Democratic candidate, Kamala Harris, has revived the idea of reparations for African Americans, for centuries of slavery.

 

But perhaps nobody, living or dead, has alleged more grievances than Trump. "No politician in history -- and I say this with great surety -- has been treated worse or more unfairly," Trump has said, placing his suffering ahead of Benito Mussolini (executed corpse beaten and hung upside down) and Oliver Cromwell (body drawn and quartered, head hung on spike).

Consider the litany of wrongs done to him in the past few days alone, as chronicled in his Twitter output: He is being targeted "by the deep state" and he is suffering from congressional "bullying." He is the victim of "a complete setup," and he lamented with Vladimir Putin a "Russian hoax" perpetrated against them both.

In a video clip Trump shared, a Muslim cleric vows to "conquer America" and "this tyrant" -- Trump presumably -- then "kill them and take their women and smash their churches" if Americans don't convert to Islam. Trump is further vexed by "drug cartels & violent criminals" at the border and stubborn Chinese trade negotiators (hence his threat to raise tariffs again). Even the officials at the Kentucky Derby let him down -- by disqualifying the winner because of "political correctness." And Hillary Clinton's emails!

During this extraordinary recitation of wrongs inflicted on him, Trump retweeted a question posed on CNN: "Is Trump not getting enough credit for the economy?"

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