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Photo: Saul Loeb (Getty Images) Yesterday, the world watched as a group of domestic terrorists overtook the U.S. Capitol Building as Congress met to certify the votes cast by the Electoral College. Typically, certification is a mundane election formality. But nothing about the Trump administration—nor, especially, this transition of power—has been typical. When it became clear that Donald Trump had lost his bid for reelection in November, he turned to his favorite coping mechanism: blaming everyone else for his failure and playing the victim. Except this time, it involved inventing (or coopting) and subsequently spreading lies about Biden’s election victory being fraudulent—something even his own (now former) Attorney General disputed —and in the process, undermining the basis of American democracy (that whole “free and fair elections” thing). What happened yesterday? Trump often seemed uninterested in conducting the business of the presidency. but he has a history of devoting his attention to the things he considers important—which are usually the ones that will help him get his way. (As an example: After U.S. intelligence revealed foreign hackers had seriously infiltrated government agencies and infrastructure, Trump said nothing for days , during which he found plenty of time to tweet about the election.) On December 20, 2020, Trump tweeted that it was “statistically impossible” for him to have lost the 2020 election ( nope ), then told his followers there would be a “big protest in DC on January 6th,” instructing them to “be there” because it “will be wild!” They […]