- After our independence, Washington was so popular there was serious buzz about naming him king. Yes, he might have been King George I of America and we might have a constitutional monarchy similar to that of Great Britain. But Washington demurred, allowing the new Constitution to be built around an elected leader, a President.
- Washington flabbergasted the kings and emperors of the 18th century by voluntarily giving up power at the end of his second term as President - what political scientists refer to as the peaceful transfer of power - setting the precedent for the orderly transition of Presidential administrations, no matter how contentious and divisive the election may have been.
Will Trump refuse to leave office if he loses the 2020 election? Might he claim rigged voting and fake election returns? Would Trump accept the title of President for Life (in essence “king”) if it were offered to him? Absurd you say? But absurd things do happen, and, with Donald Trump, the absurd is situation normal.