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Commentary: Mockery only helps Trump

It is widely acknowledged that no American leader has ever done more for the nation's comedians than Donald Trump. As a businessman, he made a habit of running companies into the ground. As president, he has spawned a boom in the satire industry.

What is less acknowledged - indeed, often completely ignored - is the insidious manner in which comedians, and comedy, have served Trump.

I mean this as no knock on the talents of our humorists, or the pleasures they provide. Our predicament is this: Previous occupants of the Oval Office courted gravitas; the current one thrives on mockery.

It is hard

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