We Will Never Forget How We All Acted During the Pandemic

Will Leitch
5 min readNov 18, 2020

I am trying not to occupy too much of my brain space with what will happen to Donald Trump and his gaggle of goony nincompoops when they leave the White House until they are actually off the property, in the same way I knock on wood anytime someone says something hopeful; better to be safe than sorry. But I hope you will allow me the exception of Ivanka and Jared.

This has been a wonderful week to dunk on Ivanka and Jared. The President’s favorite offspring (at least until she gets too old) and her husband (somehow inexplicably still one of his top advisors) are learning, as their time in MAGA land comes to an end, that their young and wealthy and gorgeous pals in Manhattan —that’s to say, the only social circle they’ve known their entire lives — want nothing to do with them anymore. “To even come back here, it’s not going to work,” one of their old socialite friends told CNN. Frank Bruni in The New York Times called them “the Faustian poster couple of the Trump presidency.” It is clear the invites to all the old parties they used to attend will no longer be forthcoming. CNN guesses they might move to Florida, though if they truly want to be treated in the royal style to which they’ve become accustomed, it is maybe time to get acquainted with the nightlife of Tuscaloosa, or perhaps Sturgis.

The couple’s four years in the White House—the active role they played in what Trump and his cronies did during those four years—has forever changed them in the eyes of everyone who once knew them. And now they will pay the price for that. But if you think that’s a situation that’s unique to Ivanka and Jared, it might be instructive to look closer to your own home, and your own community, and your own neighborhood.

This pandemic has been going on for nearly nine months now in this country, and it has changed our lives in every possible way. But it has also changed us individually. I’m already different than I was when this started. I’m running more but also drinking more. Being cooped up so much, I’m spending far too much time on my phone, which is making me more irritable and reactionary. I’m far more politically active than I was before, but also more cynical about the political process. My hair has gotten a lot grayer through this too.

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Will Leitch

Author of six books, including “How Lucky” and "The Time Has Come." NYMag/MLB.. Founder, Deadspin. https://williamfleitch.substack.com