How lifelong fear of being a loser bookended Trump's presidency

The adamant refusal to accept that Biden won the election is the latest manifestation of a deep-seated fear of humiliation.

President Donald Trump’s tweets of fraud in the presidential election have sowed doubts about the foundational underpinnings of the United States among his many millions of followers, says the writer. PHOTO: NYTIMES

(NYTIMES) - In the now-distant Republican presidential primaries of 2016, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas handily won the Iowa caucuses. This was determined by a method that has lately come under attack but at the time was considered standard - elementary maths.

One of the losers in Iowa, developer and TV personality Donald Trump, soon accused Mr Cruz of electoral theft. He fired off several inflammatory tweets, including this foreshadowing of our current democracy-testing moment: "Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified."

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