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Goldberg: The problem with Trump's 'doctrine of patriotism'

Goldberg: The problem with Trump's 'doctrine of patriotism'

President Trump began his address to the United Nations last week with some of the boilerplate braggadocio that forms the basis of his rallies. The audience laughed. And, not surprisingly, this became the main story for most news networks and headline writers. That's too bad, because no matter what you think of the president, it was a more serious speech than that.

Nearly all addresses to the U.N. by world leaders are primarily for domestic consumption, because all world leaders, whether elected or not, are politicians. So while Mr. Trump's boasts about his domestic accomplishments went further than what is usually expected, his chief sin wasn't that he pandered to voters but that...

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