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Overnight, there is a shiny new “bipartisan” Donald Trump. In a series of stunning turnabouts, the president has switched positions on some signature issues. His latest tweets indignantly suggest that it would be crazy to expel those wonderful young Dreamers — the same policy he demanded for the past two years.

But he isn’t fooling Trevor Noah.

“What kind of psycho would want to kick everybody out?” cried The Daily Show host, mimicking Trump. “You, you gas-lighting shrimp tempura!”

Indeed, Trump’s own base is outraged over his flip-flop on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. And their expressions of fury, catalogued here,  are delightful to observe.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, left, and former President Donald Trump.

Photo by Kevin McCarthy (Public domain)

In the professional stratum of politics, few verities are treated with more reverence than the outcome of next year's midterm, when the Republican Party is deemed certain to recapture majorities in the House and Senate. With weary wisdom, any pol or pundit will cite the long string of elections that buttress this prediction.

Political history also tells us that many factors can influence an electoral result, including a national crisis or a change in economic conditions — in other words, things can change and even midterm elections are not entirely foretold. There have been a few exceptions to this rule, too.

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