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For Simon, the consolation of the Trump administration is that the White House has been “a festival of innate stupidity”. He fears worse is to come. “The next Donald Trump will actually be good at politics. He might even be good at totalitarianism, as opposed to farcical . . . Can you imagine if a guy could actually lead? And was willing to use the affronts to democratic norms that Trump is clearly comfortable with? The next guy’s going to be more frightening.”