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I regret to inform you all that history will not save America from itself
  • Pundits keep saying that history will repudiate Donald Trump. But that can't be guaranteed.
  • American history often leaves out ugly truths and sanitizes the powerful.
  • If we want history to say something, we need to fight for it in the present.
I know you've been hearing this proclamation on network news and reading it in columns for years.

"History will judge us." "History will repudiate Donald Trump and the January 6 rioters." "History will see people like GOP Sen. Mitt Romney as heroes for bucking their own party." "History will show that the Democrats were people who took a stand for our democracy and our values."

This sounds good, but there is a danger in the notion that history will reveal the truth of our moment and sort the good from the bad. Past events don't change, but the telling of history is a conversation that goes on for as long as we exist on this planet. In our own lifetimes Americans have discovered things they've forgotten, and rehabilitated individuals in our history who were once maligned.

If we want history to tell the true story of Donald Trump's violent presidency long after we're dead, we have to actively, vigilantly reinforce that truth while we're alive. We cannot guarentee that Americans will get the story right after we're gone.

... All of this is to say that we assume history will get things right, when history has actually showed us that it often gets things wrong. It is highly dependent on the people who write it, their power, and how they want us to see ourselves in a great American story.

The ability of history to be influenced and written in real time is why you can't have a racist, a demagogue, or authoritarian in the White House — especially not one who knows the power of story as well as Trump. Given the chance to rewrite history these sorts of leaders will take it and distort it with lies.

Trump offered Kim Jong Un a ride home on Air Force One after their second summit, new series reveals
  • Trump offered Kim Jong Un a ride home on Air Force One, a new BBC series has revealed.
  • The two had met for their second negotiations in Vietnam in 2019, which eventually broke down.
  • Trump said he could get Kim home in two hours, but the former declined the invitation.
The three-part series, titled "Trump Takes On the World," discloses new details about how Trump and Kim negotiated North Korea's nuclear program, which eventually ended without a deal.

Trump, who had left the meeting abruptly, told the press at the time: "Sometimes you just have to walk."

But the former president didn't leave without making an unusual offer first.

"President Trump offered Kim a lift home on Air Force One," Matthew Pottinger, the top Asia expert on Trump's National Security Council, told the BBC.

"The president knew that Kim had arrived on a multi-day train ride through China into Hanoi and the president said: 'I can get you home in two hours if you want.' It was a gracious gesture," he added.

... The BBC series also includes an interview with Trump's former national security advisor John Bolton, who was present at the summit.

Bolton said that as they drove to the meeting, Trump was confident that he could forge a deal once he was in the room with Kim.

"Trump obviously thought he had a new best friend in Kim Jong Un," Bolton, who has since fallen out with Trump, said, according to the Sunday Times. "Trump thought that US-North Korea relations were great because he and Kim were buddies. It's a very dangerous perception."

Kim and Trump ended up meeting for a third and last time in the Korean demilitarized zone three months later but there was no further progress.

The pair had a complicated relationship during Trump's four years as president.

Trump had called North Korea's leader a "Little Rocket Man" and made threats of "fire and fury" but later suggested they were very good friends, and even described him as "a very smart guy," according to the BBC.

"Trump Takes on the World," directed by Tim Stirzaker, will be broadcast on BBC2 on Wednesday.

Trump's DC hotel restaurant had a seven-step process for serving him a Diet Coke: report
  • When dining at the BLT steakhouse in Washington DC, Trump was served with precision.
  • Waiters had to follow a seven-step process for serving Diet Cokes, according to Washingtonian.
  • Trump reportedly ate the same meal every time he visited the restaurant.
Employees were instructed to follow a "Standard Operating Procedure" handbook, which Washingtonian obtained, whenever Trump was dining at BLT Prime.

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the first step involved a waiter "discreetly" offering a small bottle of Purell hand sanitizer for the former president, a self-described germaphobe.

The waiter then greeted Trump and asked if he preferred his Diet Coke with or without ice.

The third step involved the waiter presenting a polished tray with chilled bottles and glasses to be used for either of Trump's preferences.

The waiter would then open the bottle of Diet Coke within sight of Trump.

Next, the waiter would hold a bottle opener "by the lower third" and the Diet Coke in the same position while popping the bottle open.

Once poured, the drink was then placed to the right of Trump on the dining table.

The final step? The waiter had to repeat the process until the former president left the restaurant.

While dining, Trump reportedly ate the same meal with his Diet Coke, which included popovers, shrimp cocktail, and a well-done steak. Favored dessert options, which Trump didn't always indulge in, included an apple pie or chocolate cake.

In the Oval Office, Trump reportedly consumed a dozen Diet Cokes a day, using a red button on the Resolute desk to request the sodas.

An Oath Keepers leader arrested for participating in the Capitol riot said she met with Secret Service and was providing 'security' to legislators and other key figures
  • Jessica Watkins of the far-right militia Oath Keepers said she was protecting legislators during the Capitol riot.
  • In new court filings, lawyers say Watkins met with Secret Service agents.
  • The US Secret Service told Insider "any assertion that the Secret Service employed private citizens to perform those functions is false."
A woman arrested for her alleged participation in the January 6 riot at the US Capitol said she was at the riot to provide security to legislators and other important people and had met with Secret Service agents.

In new court filings this weekend, lawyers for Jessica Watkins, a leader with the far-right, anti-government militia group Oath Keepers, argued that Watkins was not a participant in the insurrection but was instead working security to speakers at former President Donald Trump's rally that preceded the insurrection that left five people dead, CNN first reported.

"On January 5 and 6, Ms. Watkins was present not as an insurrectionist, but to provide security to the speakers at the rally, to provide escort for the legislators and others to march to the Capitol as directed by the then-President, and to safely escort protestors away from the Capitol to their vehicles and cars at the conclusion of the protest," the Saturday court filing said.

"She was given a VIP pass to the rally," it continued. "She met with Secret Service agents. She was within 50 feet of the stage during the rally to provide security for the speakers. At the time the Capitol was breached, she was still at the sight of the initial rally where she had provided security."

In a statement to Insider, a spokesperson US Secret Service said it did not employ the assistance of any private citizens on January 6.

"To carry out its protective functions on January 6th, the U.S. Secret Service relied on the assistance of various government partners," the statement said. "Any assertion that the Secret Service employed private citizens to perform those functions is false."

... Watkins, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, also this weekend petitioned for release on safety grounds due to her treatment as a transgender woman. She claimed she was "treated harshly" and is at "particular risk in custody" because she is transgender.

or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.