If people want a sop for Trump's ego or a compromise or something they should just remind him that he doesn't need a fancy title to watch TV for 12+ hours a day and do nothing to help the people of this country.

That won't work, though, because what he needs is the protection.
Nothing stops Citizen Donald from staying in bed until 11, watching TV all day, and rage-tweeting into the wee hours... EXCEPT that Citizen Donald is subject to criminal prosecution and Twitter's terms of service in a way "President Trump" is not.
He likes the power. He likes knowing he can ruin lives by the hundreds of thousands, that he can set fire to our reputation and destroy our foreign policy on a whim.

But what he needs is the protections, both formal and informal, the office gives him.
From 2015 onward my answer to the "He doesn't even WANT to be president!" people has been that it doesn't matter what he wants, he *needs* the presidency in a specific and powerful way that no candidate or politician ever has.
The mythmaking on the far right, particularly in and around QAnon channels, is that he just loves this country so much he gave up his perfect billionaire life to fight for us... but his life as he knows it would have been over by now without those protections.
And oh, the bridges he has burned and enemies he has made and targets he has painted in the past four years have if anything only exacerbated that.

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This feels like more than it is. A theory...
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me every day of Tommy's life: Could you chill out a little? Learn to chill? Acquire some chill? I love you but I'm trying to work right now.

Tommy, today: *chills*

me: OMG what's wrong?

(Nothing, she just really likes the memory foam pillow I put on her chair.)
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I am now soliciting opinions on the Castle Rock TV series and whether it's worth giving a try.
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