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With his experiments in “unnecessary censorship” — strategically placing bleeps where they were never needed — Jimmy Kimmel adds meaning to the most clichéd remarks. In an instant, the bleeped celebrities and politicians seem to be speaking their minds instead of merely blathering.

Of course in real life, Donald Trump actually requires no small amount of bleeping to make him family friendly. But when Kimmel bleeps him, the president-elect surprisingly sounds like he’s speaking the truth, for a change. (Trump appears at the very end, as Kimmel shrewdly saves the best for last.)

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President Joe Biden

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Two tiresome realities about being president of the United States: first, everybody blames you for things over which you have little or no control: such as the worldwide price of oil, and international shipping schedules. Should there be too few electronic gee-gaws on store shelves to pacify American teenagers this Christmas, it will be Joe Biden’s fault.

Second, everybody gives you advice, whether you ask for it or not. Everywhere you look, Democrats and Democratically-inclined pundits are tempted to panic. “The cold reality for Biden,” writes New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait “is that his presidency is on the brink of failure.” A return to Trumpism, and essentially the end of American democracy, strikes Chait as altogether likely.

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