In literature, the character of the jester or fool often merely plays the fool and proves savvier than everyone else. Throughout the presidential campaign Trump was dismissed as a clown. Many of his critics continue to derive hope from this characterization, finding renewed support in the “poorly executed” Muslim ban or the failure to overhaul the nation’s health care system a mere two months into his term. But far from suffering embarrassment, Trump appears poised to use such setbacks as opportunities for securing greater power, e.g., by delegitimatizing the judiciary in the event of a terror attack or by taking on the House Freedom Caucus in a ploy to appeal to moderates frustrated by eight years of Congressional obstructionism. If we don’t take his administration very seriously, the joke will be on us.