Make America Laugh Again

Donald Trump can be quite funny.

President Trump, however, was rarely funny.

Comedy isn’t really in a president’s lengthy job description — they are supposed to tell pre-written jokes at events like the White House Corespondents’ Dinner and Al Smith Dinner, and some presidents have been good at that, but Trump was not. His comedy skills veer toward the insult comic variety. When presidents mock people, they are almost always punching down.

Trump was a boon to comedians, though, at least at first. As with national newspapers and cable TV, his attention-demanding tweets, firings, ethical lapses, palace intrigues, feuds, peccadillos, and, occasionally, policies were good for the comedy business.


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