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The Petty President

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July 30, 2019 3:42 p.m.

President Donald Trump revels in spectacle. When he holds bill signings in the Rose Garden, he likes to call his various allies to their feet for rounds of applause, stray from the teleprompter and pepper in his repetitive brand of riffing. 

He also uses the events to publicly punish his political enemies. 

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