A quick trip down headline memory lane.

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Just a few weeks ago, late night talk show host Conan O’Brien was making a joke about Donald Trump’s latest scandal, and how analysts were predicting that it “could be the beginning of the end for Donald Trump.” He thought about this for a second and then corrected himself. “Oh wait, I’m sorry,” he said, “This joke is from a monologue I did last year.”

It’s funny because it’s true. Not that O’Brien is recycling jokes, but that we’ve been hearing about Trump’s “beginning of the end” for so long that it’s become almost a bigger journalism trope than “the Michael Jordan of… [whatever non-basketball skill somebody excels at.]” O’Brien wasn’t quite right when he pegged that dire warning about Trump’s demise being from 2016. You could go back as far as the summer of 2015 and find more than a few writers and political analysts claiming that the timer on Trump’s imminent downfall had officially begun…. now.

Whether you love Trump or think he belongs in jail, it’s hard to take any “beginning of the end” predictions about him seriously anymore. The only thing less dependable than a magazine or website assuring us that Trump is finished are apocalypse-predicting nutjobs giving us the exact date for the end of the world. (Maybe you missed it, but the world was supposed to be destroyed by a massive earthquake on May 31st. Oh no, it didn’t happen? Again?! Well, maybe it’s just the beginning of the end for our planet.)

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look back at 45 headlines over the past few years that giddily promised the beginning of the end for Trump. They haven’t been right yet, but keep trying, kids! One of these days you’ll maybe, possibly be right!

1. Conservative writer says Comey testimony is beginning of the end for Trump

June 8, 2017, Raw Story

2. For Trump, the Beginning of the End Has Begun

May 18, 2017, Reason.com

3. Beleaguered Trump faces beginning of the end

May 18, 2017, The Day

4. Is the Comey Memo the Beginning of the End for Trump?

May 17, 2017, New Yorker

5. The beginning of the end of Donald Trump

May 16, 2017, Macleans

6. It’s the Beginning of the End for Trump

May 16, 2017, Slate

7. Is this the beginning of the end of Trump?

May 12, 2017, New York Daily News

8. Morning Joe on Trump: ‘This is the Beginning of the End’

May 12, 2017, MSNBC

9. Is It The End Of The Beginning Of Trump’s Presidency Or Beginning Of the End?

May 12, 2017, The Moderate Voice

10. The Comey Firing May Be the Beginning of the End of Trump

May 10, 2017, New York Magazine

11. Could Comey’s Ouster Be The Beginning Of The End For Trump?

May 10, 2017, Huffington Post

12. A New FBI Bombshell Could Be The Beginning Of The End For Trump

April 21st, 2017, Politicus USA

13. If CNN’s New Russia Report Is True, We May Be Seeing the Beginning of the End of Donald Trump’s Presidency

March 23, 2017, GQ

14. In the White House things are looking bad. This could be the beginning of the end for Trump

March 2, 2017, The Independent

15. Beginning Of The End? The Trump White House Looks To Be Unraveling This Week

February 15, 2017. Konbini US

16. Nine Lies: This is the Beginning of the End for Donald Trump

February 15, 2017, Paste Magazine

17. Is General Flynn a Sacrificial Lamb, or the Beginning of the End for Donald Trump?

February 13, 2017, Pajiba

18. BREAKING: Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Trump; This Is The Beginning Of The End

January 22, 2017, New Century Times

19. Trump inauguration: The beginning of the end – or the end of the beginning?

January 15, 2017, Stuff

20. The end begins now

November 11, 2016, The Indian Express

21. Punchlines: The beginning of the end for Trump?

October 10, 2016, USA Today

22. Is This the Beginning of the End for Donald Trump?

October 10, 2016, Vogue

23. Was The Second Debate The Beginning Of The End For Donald Trump?

September 24, 2015, FiveThirtyEight

24. Is this the beginning of the end, a full three months before election day?

August 5, 2016, BBC

25. Is this the beginning of the end for Donald Trump?

August 2, 2016, Washington Post

26. Will Trump’s Attack on the Khans Be the Beginning of the End for His White House Hopes?

August 1, 2016, Mic

27. The beginning of the end: Trump’s nomination signals the collapse of an ideological movement and a political party

July 22, 2016, Salon

28. Beginning Of The End: New Lawsuit Accuses Trump Of Raping 13 Year Old Girl

June 21, 2016, GOPocalypse

29. Essential Politics: The beginning of the end for Trump?

June 17, 2016, LA Times

30. The Beginning of Trump’s End

June 7, 2016, Chicago Sun-Times

31. Ted Cruz’s Wisconsin Win May Be The Beginning Of The End For Donald Trump

April 6, 2016, Forbes

32. This time it really is the end for Donald Trump. Really.

April 4, 2016, The Independent

33. Donald Trump: the beginning of the end

April 4, 2016, The Observer

34. The Beginning of the End of Donald Trump

April 3, 2016, Time Magazine

35. Beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s bid for the White House … maybe

April 1, 2016, Sydney Morning Herald

36. The beginning of the end for Donald Trump?

Apr 1, 2016, The Washington Post

37. Iowa is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump

February 1, 2016, the Week

38. The Beginning Of The End Of The Trump Campaign?

January 27, 2016, Red State

39. The End Is Nigh For Donald Trump

December 14, 2015, Huffington Post

40. Trump Bombs Terribly as ‘SNL’ Host—Is This the Beginning of the End?

November 8, 2015, Daily Beast

41. Is this the beginning of the end for Trump?

October 23, 2015, The News Tribune

42. The Beginning of the End for Donald Trump?

September 25, 2015, The Federalist

43. Is This The Beginning of the End of Donald Trump?

September 18, 2015, Bloomberg Politics

44. GOP debate marks beginning of the end for Trump

August 6, 2015, Las Vegas Review Journal

45. Donald Trump’s immigration remarks were beginning of his end

July 13, 2015, M-Live

[This story originally appeared, in a slightly different form, in Best Life.]