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Can we really take Trump seriously, not literally?

Can we really take Trump seriously, not literally?

It would make a perfect clickbait ad "Learn this one simple trick to stop worrying about Donald Trump and Make America Great Again."

What's the trick? All you have to do is take Mr. Trump seriously, but not literally.

The formulation is credited to reporter Salena Zito, who, in an article for the Atlantic last September, noted that the news media take Mr. Trump's more outlandish statements literally but not seriously, while his supporters do the inverse.

Even the president-elect's team has declared this a kind of Rosetta Stone for deciphering Trumpspeak.

"This is the problem with the media," Corey Lewandowski, Mr. Trump's first campaign manager,...

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