Donald Trump, sad clown

Lurching from his usual offenses to an absentminded gesture of empathy, Trump actually inspires a measure of pity

No fun and games.
(Image credit: Illustration by Lauren Hansen | Images courtesy Justin Sullivan/Getty Images, iStock)

Sometimes, a joke changes the more times you hear it — and precisely because of that, it stays fresh and funny. And sometimes, as you keep telling it, the joke goes from satire to farce to black comedy to, finally, pathos.

That's exactly what's happened with Donald Trump's joke of a candidacy. It's become downright sad.

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