I withdraw my suggestion that the way to deal with Donald Trump is to laugh at him. No sooner than I had pushed send on that feckless insight than the clown turned Stephen King scary. He got up in front of the National Rifle Association — the Taliban of the American AR-15 cult — and said the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election was “a coup” and “an attempted overthrow of the US government”. That is the language of an autocrat looking for grounds to detain or shoot his enemies. It is how a would-be dictator speaks when he wants to suspend his country’s constitution or overturn an election. And it’s the sort of thing that inspires the nutjobs, of whom we have a bottomless supply, to go out and kill. Remember Cesar Sayoc and the pipe bombs he sent to journalists, Democratic party leaders and donors? There has been no repudiation of Trump’s coup talk from his lickspittle Republican party. Indeed, it seems to have become embedded in the GOP’s talking points, parroted...

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