It was a long, lonely night in February.
A year before he was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump had to step down from his role as chairman of the boards of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Park Service.
His resignation had been widely anticipated.
His daughter, Ivanka, was also on her way to the White House.
A few days before the inauguration, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, announced he would serve as the first national security adviser.
A new administration in Washington, DC, was on its way.
For the first time in a long time, Americans had an opportunity to take a walk down memory lane.
This was not an election year.
This wasn’t a crisis.
This didn’t involve a presidential campaign.
This would be the first inauguration since President George W Bush left office in 2009.
The country had come to grips with a profound national crisis.
Trump’s presidency was in danger of turning into something very different.
For decades, the Trump administration had tried to undo the policies of the past four years, which had brought us to the brink of a new and terrifying recession, a rise in health care costs and the loss of millions of American jobs.
But with Trump in the White Room, all of that would change.
With a Republican-led Congress and a Democrat-controlled Senate, the president had been able to repeal or substantially weaken almost every major piece of legislation he had signed.
And now the new president was threatening to gut the landmark health care law that had put a brake on the bleeding of our economy and put millions of Americans out of work.
It was an ominous time.
In the months before the new presidency was sworn into office, the country was gripped by anxiety about the prospect of an unprecedented pandemic and the possibility that Trump could undo everything that had happened during his eight years as president.
And at home, a lot of Americans were feeling the pinch.
People across the country were feeling that something was seriously wrong.
The national debt was nearing $19 trillion, the stock market was falling and the economy was in a deep funk.
The unemployment rate was skyrocketing.
In some cases, Trump was openly questioning the legitimacy of the election and the legitimacy and the sanity of the democratic process.
For months, he had been saying he would not accept the results of the vote in his state of Florida.
But as the weeks went on, the American people began to wake up to the reality that he was not just in a minority, but that he had a majority in the Oval Office.
The public was now demanding answers.
For weeks, the White Houses chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and his chief of the strategic communications team, Stephanie Grisham, had tried desperately to convince the president that his electoral win was a fluke, that he needed to focus on what was actually important in his job.
And they had succeeded.
But the reality was that the presidency is not just about electing a president, and there were plenty of people who wanted to see Trump take back the reins of power.
The White House had been transformed from a place where a president’s first order of business was the business of governing to a place that now took on a new meaning.
When the new administration began to announce major executive orders and take a number of executive actions, it was clear that Trump’s supporters were in a frenzy.
Trump had changed the terms of the argument and it was not about winning the presidency.
It wasn’t even about keeping the seat of power in the president’s hands.
The president had decided to give himself the reins.
He was going to start the new year by firing the attorney general and firing the deputy attorney general.
This move was seen by some people as an attempt to take the heat off his administration.
By firing Comey, he was essentially saying to the American public: No, this is not a White House of law and order.
Trump was in full control of his executive branch, which was a great start to a new administration.
But what really began to take off for many Americans was the prospect that he would have to fire all of his Cabinet members.
That would mean the end of the president, the end to the Cabinet, and the end, if anything, to the rule of law.
At the same time, Trump also faced the prospect, if he had the opportunity, of having to fire his attorney general, and to fire any of his top officials in the Department of Justice.
It had been a year since the election, and many were still reeling from what happened to the president-elect.
Many were not even aware that he even had a new Attorney General, who was now overseeing the investigation into possible Russian interference in the election.
But now, as we were all starting to see what was coming, Trump had already taken the extraordinary step of firing the head of the FBI.
And his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, was being pushed out