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Of all the unintentionally hilarious moments in Mike Huckabee’s groveling interview with Donald Trump (his daughter Sarah’s boss) Seth Meyers picks up what may be the funniest. Stumbling in his diction as always, the president claims he never heard anyone use the word “fake” before he did — an assertion Seth finds impossible to believe for reasons that are, as you will surely agree, quite obvious.

Speaking of fake, nothing merits that scornful description more than Mike Pence’s feigned indignation about the football players who kneeling led to his supposedly spontaneous walkout from a weekend Colts game. The ineffably stupid Veep (and his boss) clumsily revealed that this was actually a planned political stunt, conducted at taxpayer expense. Anyone who insists America would fare better with Pence as president just saw that argument vanish into the Twitter haze.

And then there’s Senator Bob Corker, suddenly a national hero for uttering what everyone has known for months and years about Trump’s dangerous unfitness for his office. For some reason Seth can’t help remembering how Corker sucked up to Trump last year, just like every other Republican official who knew better.

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

As I write, it's impossible to guess how this sitcom ends. Boss Trump's comic opera coup attempt has clearly failed, as even Emily Murphy, the hapless head of the General Services Administration was forced to concede. Once Pennsylvania and Michigan certified that Trump had lost both states, she really had no choice. The formal transition to Joe Biden's presidency has begun.

President Putin will be disappointed. Discrediting democracy is Job One for the Russian dictator. Peddling phony claims about voter fraud and election rigging is right out of the Kremlin playbook. It's become unfashionable to say so, but that's the biggest reason Putin invested in Trump to begin with.

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