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How to Tell Which Donald Trump Will Deliver a Speech

Ask two questions: What was his last public appearance like? And is he sticking to the script, or improvising?
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After a raucous rally in Phoenix on Tuesday, filled with blatant dishonesty and attacks on the press and Republican officeholders, Donald Trump was set to speak to the American Legion in Reno, Nevada, on Wednesday. But anyone tuning in expecting to see the president come out with guns blazing was instead treated to a snoozefest: a workmanlike, respectful, even dull speech, appropriate to the occasion.

The divergence between the two appearances was so great that both and spotlit it in stories Thursday morning. The ’s Phil Rucker put the matter in terms of Trump’s former

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