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This man was president of the United States and could be again

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Former President Donald Trump attacked Gen. Mark Milley again on Thursday, this time over new reports that the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff sought to prevent Trump from perpetrating a government takeover reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the aftermath of the 2020 election.

In a more than 400-word statement issued from his post-presidential office, Trump denied that he had ever “threatened, or spoke about, to anyone, a coup of our Government,” calling the notion “So ridiculous!”

On the other hand:

“If I was going to do a coup, one of the last people I would want to do it with is General Mark Milley.”

One of the puzzles of our time is, what would happen if the Republican party vomits up a smart version of Trump? The problem with this hypothetical is that a smart version of Trump would lack all the characteristics that endear him to the Republican base.

They love him because he’s a bigoted incurious idiot, who says incredibly stupid things seventeen times a day.

Just like them.

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