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A Night When Trump Acted Normal

On the least alarming day of his presidency so far, Trump stopped indulging his every impulse, obtained a prepared speech, and stuck to it like a normal politician.
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On scattered occasions in bygone years, I daydreamed about how refreshing it would be if a plainspoken outsider took control of the American presidency from the long parade of career politicians with canned speeches of platitudinous proposals.

Never again will I indulge that very American fantasy.

“One of the great achievements of free society in a stable democracy is that many people, for much of the time, need not think about politics at all,” Andrew Sullivan wrote last month, adding that Donald Trump’s America felt “less like living in a democracy than being a child trapped in

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