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Robert B. Reich: Trump's cloud of illegitimacy

Robert B. Reich: Trump's cloud of illegitimacy

A dark cloud of illegitimacy hangs over the pending presidency of Donald Trump.

Bad enough that Mr. Trump rejects the conclusions of the CIA, FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia intervened in the 2016 campaign to help him become president. Even worse that Mr. Trump publicly sides with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the issue.

Last week, Mr. Putin claimed that Democrats fabricated the charge of Russian meddling because Democrats "are losing on all fronts and looking elsewhere for things to blame. In my view, this, how shall I say it, degrades their own dignity. You have to know how to lose with dignity."

Hours later, Mr. Trump praised Mr....