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Trump’s contempt for how government works has rarely been so stark

The refusal even now to concede is about more than just coping with defeat

By Alice Lilly  

Photo: Kevin Dietsch - Pool via CNP/DPA/PA Images

Donald Trump’s time in the White House is ending as it began: with apparent disregard for the business of actually governing. As President-elect four years ago, he showed little interest in running a serious and thorough transition—and as outgoing President he has spent the last three weeks making his successor’s transition as difficult as possible. For all that Trump’s continued refusal to concede reflects his unwillingness to face defeat, it also symbolises his deeper aversion to the work of running the…

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