December 31, 2020 — Consider the past year through the lenses of three phrases: “witch hunt,” “black swan,” and “exponential.” Each of these terms is widely applied, but not necessarily in the most useful way.
- Witch hunt
Donald Trump has used the words “witch hunt” approximately once every three days on average during his presidency, just counting tweets alone. It wasn’t just his impeachment trial, which ended with the Senate voting to acquit on February 5 of 2020. He continued during the year to use “witch hunt” to describe accusations that he mis-managed the Covid-19 response (April), inquiries into his tax returns (July), investigation into alleged criminal conduct at the Trump Organization (August), and other challenges.