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Once he's done all he can to save the integrity of the system they want so desperately to corrupt, he'll quietly bow out and go back to the life he'd been leading. He didn't get into the game for personal profit, unlike his predecessors. He used his own money, signed no IOUs, and didn't even accept his salary. And for that act of typical selflessness they treated him like shit.
There aren't many who want to fight against the rot like he did. They can figure things out on their own. That's not his worry.
But he showed them how it's done, pushing back against the crooks, the rot, the itchy pathologies, the corrosive insanity, the felonious hypocrisy, and the nauseating sheen of 'business as usual', where demagogues and charlatans and professional hyenas are used to taking to a stage to read prepared remarks - and only prepared remarks.
One, alone, against all of that. They need him more than he needs them. Sooner or later they'll have to do it on their own, for things can't go on like that much longer. Now they'll have to do it without him, and they're going to miss him a lot.
'The central fact to appreciate about Donald Trump is that he was elected president without the permission, and over the incredulous objections, of the bipartisan oligarchy that governs us. Trump was the greatest threat in history to the credentialed class.'
- Lara Logan