IF IT WERE NOT FOR

Point 125 in CLAUSES/conditional is defined as

‘If it weren’t / were not for’ + noun phrase to introduce conditions in formal contexts. past simple

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  Richfield Reaper
Twilight
Trump would be a joke if it were not for the fact that he is a clear and present danger to himself, the nation and the world.