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Does Donald Trump think the Oscars revile America?

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The 42nd president of the United States introduced a clip of Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln,” which depicts the push to abolish slavery through enactment of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution.

“A tough fight to push a bill through a bitterly divided House of Representatives,” Mr. Clinton said in his introduction. “Winning it required the president to make a lot of unsavory deals that had nothing to do with the big issue.”

Then, he paused just a bit before adding, “I wouldn’t know anything about that.”

Was his appearance a subtle pro-Democrat move? Well, unlike Abraham Lincoln, Clinton isn’t a Republican, last we looked. True, he talked about the need for “principle and compromise” to make enduring progress in governing America, which is a suitably bipartisan sentiment. But if the show’s producers had wanted to say “let’s all come together,” they could have had George W. Bush up on stage with him.

Hmm. Memo to Mr. Spielberg: The Oscars aren’t until Feb. 24. That’s just enough time to line up your dream team of presenters – President Obama, plus a hologram of Ronald Reagan.

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