Maureen Dowd: Putin and Trump Would Rather Destroy Their Countries Than Admit They Have Lost

From a New York Times column by Maureen Dowd headlined “Solo Soulless Saboteurs”:

In the internet age, it’s almost impossible to get away with anything.

And yet, some people still manage to pull off solo flights of destruction worthy of a megalomaniacal supervillain.

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, long entwined, continue on vile parallel paths: They would rather destroy their countries than admit they have lost.

They have each created a scrim of lies to justify lunatic personal ambition. And while it should be easy to see through these lies, both cult-of-personality leaders are able to con and bully enough people to remain puissant.