A Moment America Could Use Now

President Donald Trump has already had Covid-19 and President-elect Joe Biden has received a vaccine, so both men should feel comfortable with the concept of an unmasked and hearty handshake. Whether they feel comfortable sharing one with each other is another question. But it’s hard to think of a better therapy right now to enhance the public health of America’s political discourse.

Some readers may think that recent history makes such an event impossible. But as Washington miracles go, this political therapeutic should be much easier to achieve than getting the FDA to make the quick decisions it rendered in 2020.

Mr. Trump has recognized that regardless of his beliefs about what happened in last year’s elections, Joe Biden will be our new President on Jan. 20. Mr. Trump could now render a public service by going beyond a grudging acknowledgment of reality and offering a warm White House welcome to his successor.

The people have voted. States have certified the results. The courts have turned aside legal challenges to the election results. This is no time for an airing of grievances or perceived grievances. A respectful meeting could do some good.

Four years ago, Matt Flegenheimer of the New York Times reported from Washington:


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