What WaPo Writers Keep Getting Wrong about 2020

Then-president Donald Trump waves before boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., December 12, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)
No, Trump didn’t come close to overturning the election, and it’s all right to say so.


elling people to take a deep breath and calm down, as the headline-writer for my latest column advised, does not always achieve its intended effect. I wish Philip Bump had heeded it before reading that column, as it could have protected him and his readers from some errors.

Bump is under the impression that I am dismissing former president Donald Trump’s efforts to undo the results of the 2020 elections as “something of a lark.” He writes that I am keen on minimizing Trump’s threat to democracy because I am sympathetic to “Trump’s House-Republican-driven policy agenda.”

The characterization is false. I have …

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