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The perspicacious Trevor Noah has noticed a revealingly different side of the deceptive Donald Trump — a personality quirk the Daily Show host calls “Truth Trump.” This aspect of the president-elect has emerged more often during his current “thank-you tour,” as he discusses his electoral victory in his expansive, off-the-cuff style.

As Noah shows, he is now saying things he probably should never utter aloud, disclosing in a sudden instant what was on his cynical mind as he whipped up those earnest believers:

“You’ve been hearing me say it’s a rigged system,” he tells a Wisconsin crowd. “But now I don’t say that any more, because I won. Now, I don’t care. I don’t care!” (For whom the election was rigged, by whom, and why are matters for deeper investigation, although Trump doesn’t care about that, either.)

When he mentions Hillary Clinton at a Michigan rally, some fans start chanting the old “Lock her up!” He briskly informs them that the whole campaign rant about her alleged crimes, and the vital importance of punishing her as a lesson to elites — well, that was all just shtick.

“Nah, forget it! That plays great before the election…but now, we don’t care. Right?” Of course.

Actually, the conman’s fanatical fans seem confused, not having realized, as Noah puts it, that he was just “playing.” And he really mocks the rubes when he explains how “Drain the Swamp” — now among the most ironic phrases in the English language– became a Trump campaign slogan.

Maybe someday the poor bastards will realize that Trump is insulting them. By then their Medicare, safe food, clean air, clean water, and much more will be gone — but you know what they say about people who can’t take a joke.

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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.