This question has been rattling around in my brain since at least the inauguration: Whose eulogy could Trump deliver?
There will come a time before January 2021 when it would be appropriate for the President of the United States to deliver remarks at a funeral service for people who die in some way that that is notable for who they are or how they perished: significant national figure, terrorist attack, or disaster that claims an unusual number of lives.
We remember Barack Obama delivering the eulogy for the 29 miners who died in West Virginia two years into his first term.
We remember Ronald Reagan delivering the memorial address for the crew of the Challenger in 1986.
But who would want to have their eulogy delivered by Donald Trump? Could he focus on anyone besides himself? avoid bragging about the size of the funeral crowd? Could he avoid excoriating his enemies long enough to do justice to the deceased?
Certainly, under other administrations, you could imagine the President of the United States delivering remarks at the funeral of the two Virginia Highway Patrol officers, Lieutenant Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates.
But I can’t imagine, even for a minute, Donald Trump humbling himself to carry out that most solemn and selfless task.
If you were the family of one of the dead, would you want that?
Even if you voted for Trump?