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Well, here it is. The loudest democracy in the world has an infantile celebrity refusing to concede the presidency.

In his final weeks in office, Donald Trump is acting more and more like a tin-pot, banana-republic strongman: stacking key departments, sacking his defence secretary, replacing staff with loyal acolytes, hiding in his palace and refusing to allow the machinery of democracy to work.

But does it amount to a coup, or is this no more than a case of being a sore loser?