I don't often go national or international with these posts-- state and local politics and affairs seem to be this blog's sweet spot with readers. But, especially as virtually every sane, reasonable politician in Maryland, of any political party, has turned up their nose at the man who is weeks away from walking in the footsteps of Lincoln, TR, Wilson, Eisenhower, and Reagan-- I find it an appropriate time to collect some selected commentary from around the Internet, regarding this man who would aspire to become #45 based upon a base of approximately 40% of the Republican primary voting electorate. I speak of course, of Donald J. Trump.
I don't know how many editorials about Trump's bigotry and racism during his campaign have been written-- hundreds, likely-- but I'm going to point out this one from Aziz Ansari for both its recency and its poignancy. It's time to bring the term "Xenophobe" back. And know, that doesn't describe someone with a fear of the actress Lucy Lawless, nor does it describe an aficionado of the great video game of the 1980s. Xenophobes and xenophobia are alive and well in the United States, and their leader is someone who, before twelve months ago, could boast of their greatest contribution to political discourse being his claim that the President of the United States was born in Kenya.
Although, has has been pointed out, Trump has been hovering around the political landscape for awhile. I recall being an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins, reading a Time Magazine article where he was considering running for President. In 1988 or 1992. It's ridiculous. Fortunately, the creator of the "Doonesbury" comic, Garry Trudeau, didn't forget Trump's long love affair with the political world, nor his prior flirtations with throwing his hat into some ring. And, in true capitalist form, Trudeau's not opposed to making a buck off it. He's got a book about it coming out next month!
But count on the hoi polloi to come up with a seriotragic way to capture the Trump zeitgeist in unforeseen, brilliant ways. In the grand tradition of "Garfield Without Garfield" (Google it, you won't be disappointed) comes Trump as Calvin of "Calvin and Hobbes". I love "Calvin and Hobbes" and, well-- wow. Which of these strips on the link above do not catch the essence of Trup? Well, at least Megalomanic Trump? Xenophobe Trump, Misogynist Trump, Racist Trump-- I don't think those personae are so easy translated into the "Calvin and Hobbes" form. Maybe "Andy Capp" instead?
All this excitement folks, and there's still four and a half months to go? And I haven't even gone there with any graphics or memes.
Let's be careful out there.
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