I sometimes hear that loyalty with Donald Trump is a one-way street, that he’s not loyal to anybody, etc. Well, he was loyal to Michael Flynn (supposedly he hated firing him and wanted/wants to bring him back somehow). He’s loyal to Vladimir Putin. And he’s loyal to the alt-right. Honestly, the smart move in all cases would have been savage betrayal after they’d served their usefulness: all of them played some role in getting Trump there but all were liabilities going forward, especially since he essentially became a garden-variety Republican president anyway. It’s not as if the Richard Spencers of the world would have plausibly bolted over to the Democrats after all. Trump can be loyal, and he can betray, but he doesn’t seem to know when either would be in his best interest. That requires some appreciation of power.

Yep, definitely a hidden political genius at play here.

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