So what will we learn from all of this? Trump is a radical break from the past, but history will surely have its say. Trump is fixated on on the present and on himself, chiefly polls and the number of rivals he has destroyed. His historical illiteracy may wind up being as costly as JFK’s grasp of the past was beneficial. To JFK, history taught that pride, emotion and hurry were the enemies of the good. A crisis is no time for a trigger or a Twitter finger. Unfortunately, just about everything in terms of American and global history seems new to Trump.