If I hear one more person say that we can't take Trump literally only seriously, I will jump through the T.V. screen and rip their tongue out. We are suppose to be able to take the Leader of the Free World literally. If I wanted serious symbolic metaphor, I would read Jung on the Archetypes or Edgar Allan Poe's "The Mask of the Red Death," "The Sphinx," and the "Conqueror Worm." Jung was on a path of cosmic consciousness; Trump is barely awake. Poe was a genius creating art out of his nightmares; Trump is a nightmare.
Normalizing Trump is becoming the second great scandal of the modern media - helping get the swaggering schlemiel elected is the first.