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Boris Johnson’s backers are cynics enabling disaster

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Who are the biggest frauds and charlatans: Donald Trump, or his erstwhile Republican opponents? In the different political universe of four years ago, when Trump’s odds of clinching the Republican nomination were judged to be 1%, everyone – including members of the Grand Old Party – could ridicule and excoriate this reality TV tycoon as an absurd clown.

Who can forget the bitter primary contest when Ted Cruz flamed him as “a pathological liar”, “utterly amoral”, “a serial philanderer” and a “rat”? “Why would we trust him in the White House?” he asked. Or what of the bitter tirades of Marco Rubio, who denounced Trump for turning “the most important election in a generation into a freak show”, called him a “con artist”, an embarrassment, who attacked his “dangerous style of leadership”, and pleaded for Republican voters to “end this lunacy”?

Then there’s the Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, who suggested that Republican colleagues fearful of losing their seats should break with Trump, declaring: “We’ll drop him like a hot rock.” Or the former House speaker, Paul Ryan, who correctly described comments by Trump as the “textbook definition of racist”?

They all capitulated, of course, every single one. Everyone is entitled to change their mind when the facts do. But no facts have changed about Trump: he remains a pathological liar, a conman, utterly amoral (dismissed by Trump as fake news), and the Republican........

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