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It's treason not to applaud Trump. Join AmeriClaps and avoid execution.

Dana Milbank on

"I got a standing ovation. In fact, they said it was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl, and they said it was equal. I got a standing ovation. It lasted for a long period of time."

-- President Trump

"I live for the applause, applause, applause

"I live for the applause-plause, live for the applause-plause"

-- Lady Gaga

WASHINGTON -- Many are denouncing President Trump for saying Monday that those who didn't applaud him during his State of the Union address were "un-American" and guilty of the capital offense of treason. But where others see outrage, I see opportunity.

So in need of praise is this fragile man that the lavishing or withholding of this commodity could be a negotiating tool: He gets more applause if he brings less crazy.

His need for us to rise and put hands together is so potent that, last month in Nashville, he commanded an audience to "get up" and give him a standing ovation. He further informed them that "you are so lucky that I gave you that privilege" of voting for him.

During last week's State of the Union address, Trump applauded himself -- noisily -- several times and at one point beckoned to Democrats to applaud, putting his hands to his ears.

In October, Trump boasted no fewer than four times about the applause he had been given at a meeting with Senate Republicans: "Multiple standing ovations! ... a love fest with standing ovations. … Really, they just gave me a standing O!" During the campaign and even earlier, he tweeted about his O's.


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