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The most hardcore Trump backers have *always* taken him literally

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 17: Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney answers questions during a briefing at the White House October 17, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mulvaney answered a range of questions relating to the issues surrounding the impeachment inquiry of U.S. President Donald Trump, and other issues during the briefing. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that he was stunned at the storming of the US Capitol by pro-Trump forces last week because he hadn't thought that people took the President "literally."

(CNN)Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that he was stunned at the storming of the US Capitol by pro-Trump forces last week because he hadn't thought that people took the President "literally. "

What evidence could Mulvaney possibly have that President Donald Trump's most ardent supporters didn't take every word out of the President's mouth literally?

In fact, any inspection -- close or otherwise -- of how Trump's supporters have responded to his pleadings and urgings over the past four years would lead you to the exact opposite conclusion that Mulvaney attempted to draw on Sunday: The most hardcore Trump backers have always taken him literally.

Trump's supporters had been taking him literally since he first began running for president.

What happened at the Capitol last Wednesday, then, wasn't the first time Trump's base took him literally.

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