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Take Trump seriously but not literally? How, exactly?

Take Trump seriously but not literally? How, exactly?

It would make a perfect clickbait ad “Learn this one simple trick to stop worrying about Donald Trump and Make America Great Again.”

What’s the trick? All you have to do is take Trump seriously, but not literally.

The formulation is credited to reporter Selena Zito who, in an article for the Atlantic last September, noted that the news media takes Trump’s more outlandish statements literally but not seriously, while his supporters do the inverse.

Even the president-elect’s team has declared this a kind of Rosetta Stone for deciphering Trumpspeak.

Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s first campaign manager, recently explained at a...

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