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Most of the monologues featured at #EndorseThis are dressed-up for comedic effect. Comics can work from very simple themes and premises, but must dress up their punch lines with misdirection and charm. Trevor Noah likes the slow, meandering start. Samantha Bee likes to throw in a dadaist skit or two. Stephen Colbert has to keep going until even the band laughs.

There’s something to be said for simplicity, however. Like the cold sharpness of Chris Matthews’ latest commentary on President Trump. Matthews suggests that the reason Trump has such a loose command of the truth is that in 45’s reality, there is no difference between the commander-in-chief’s chair in the Oval Office and a reality TV show.

As the MSNBC veteran points out, the decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel has caused many deaths as violent protests swirl around the American embassy. Trump made the Jerusalem move with several goals in mind – stroking the Israelis, pleasing his conservative evangelical base, and getting favorable headlines, just to name three – but he may not have considered the real world consequences. Nobody ever died due to bad leadership on The Apprentice.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.