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Donald Trump's presidential fantasy involves plotting revenge on his rivals

The future president would rather get back at the people who were mean to him than staff the White House


Taylor Link
November 14, 2016 11:27PM (UTC)

Donald Trump, the reality-TV president, is already writing a revenge plotline for the 45th season of The Oval Office.

Politico reported on Friday that Trump operatives are discussing how they can hurt #NeverTrump Republicans who were critical of Trump's movement.

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A source told Politico that the Trump administration does not intend to do business with Republicans who tried to block his nomination.

And even though House Speaker Paul Ryan and the president-elect have publicly supported each other, their toxic relationship, evident during the primaries, does not appear to have remedied. Breitbart News, the unofficial platform of the Trump administration now that its former executive Steve Bannon has an office in the West Wing, is reportedly going to continue its crusade against Ryan and the GOP establishment.

“Ryan will not get amnesty for his actions against the conservative movement and the American people,” a source familiar with Breitbart told The Hill last week.

If Donald Trump must harness the power of the presidency to exact revenge on people who have offended him, better he attacks Washington insiders than members of minority groups who now have little representation in the government.

From the reports emerging inside the Trump camp, it sounds like Democratic leaders should have little hope the president-elect will govern responsibly. But if Trump centers his presidency on creating a chasm within the Republican Party, surely few Democrats will complain.

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Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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