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The two words that Trump — and the rest of us — should keep in mind

I understand why President Donald Trump was irked at the steady and sometimes quite personal criticism he gets from MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.

Criticism can be irksome. Even I, your beloved and clear-thinking columnist, receive it from time to time.

And I understand why Trump felt the urge to lash back.

I often feel that urge myself. But I tamp it down by remembering what I have come to believe are the two most important words in the language:

Then what?

Translation:

OK, you have this impulse, this notion, this unbaked plan, this fantasy. You have an angry beast in your heart that you wish to...

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