When Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy in June of 2015, no one (including yours truly) gave him anything resembling even an outside shot. Trump and his candidacy were a laugh line. The previous assertion is not a political statement as much as its fact.
Whatever readers think or thought about Trumps policies (this column was and is very critical of his views on trade, immigration and the dollar, among others), the expectation was that the New Yorkers unlikely bid was a near-term brand-building stunt, and that his even harder-to-imagine nomination for president…

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