Even his admirers—and I have to declare myself to be among them—must admit that Donald John Trump has one or two things in common with Charles Foster Kane. So when the former announced on election night, just as the vote appeared to turn against him in key states, that he had been the victim of fraud, one was inevitably reminded of the hero of Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane who, on the night before an election that he was about to lose, prepared two different banner headlines for the newspaper he owned: “Kane Elected!” in case he won and “Fraud at Polls!” in case he lost. In other words, to use what I was once told was Twitter shorthand, “Mandy Rice-Davies applies”: “He would [say that], wouldn’t he?”

Yes, one can readily imagine that calling foul was automatic with this president. It’s one...

 

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