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Donald Trump is finally finished

By Bret Stephens

16 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Whether or not Donald Trump’s hat is in the ring, he’s finished as a serious contender for high office.

That’s not a line to write lightly. First, because he has been written off so often in the past — after mocking John McCain’s military record; after the “Access Hollywood” tape; after Jan. 6; after the Jan. 6 committee hearings — that it seems foolhardy to do it again. Second, because every time he is written off, his supporters seem to draw energy from their purported irrelevance. And third, because the line will surely be hung around my neck if I’m wrong.

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