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If Democrats try to run a celebrity against Donald Trump, they will be falling into his trap

Donald Trump and Oprah Winfrey in 1988 Credit: Jeffrey Asher/Getty

Hail to the Chief! The Donald may have decided not to favour Britain with his presence any time soon, but his opponents here should perhaps dampen down their enthusiastic triumphalism. For this week, the United States experienced perhaps the greatest advance by the 45th president since his inauguration almost exactly a year ago.

If Trumpism has any defining philosophy beyond the egomaniacal ravings of a TV reality star who desperately wants to be liked and who throws online tantrums when he doesn’t get his own way, it is that the political elites can no longer be trusted to govern. The epitome of this group of people is, of course, Hillary Clinton, a candidate so immersed in Belltway politics she could have been grown from a petri dish by the Democratic National Committee.

Yes, she has experience, not only as a former First Lady and accomplished lawyer, but as a US Senator and, of course,...

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