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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association's Leadership Forum on 20th May, 2016 ©Lexington Herald-Leader/ABACA/PA Images

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In July last year, former Texas governor Rick Perry, then running for the Republican presidential nomination, took aim at Donald Trump, then—as now—amazing just about everyone (full disclosure: including me) by how well he was doing.

Trump, warned Perry, offered “a barking carnival act…a toxic…

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