Friday, December 9, 2016

Trump: Madman of the Year - Note for a discussion, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States Uniited."

Charles M. Blow Dec. 8, 2016, New York Times

image from [JB -- Note: the "subtle" editorial hint by the placement of the letter"M" (horns?) above Trump's head.]

So, Time magazine, ever in search of buzz, this week named Donald Trump Person
of the Year. But they did so with a headline that read, “President of the Divided
States of America. [JB emphasis] ”

The demi­fascist of Fifth Avenue wasn’t flattered by that wording.

In an interview with the “Today” show, Trump huffed, “When you say divided
states of America, I didn’t divide them. They’re divided now.” He added later, “I
think putting divided is snarky, but again, it’s divided. I’m not president yet. So I
didn’t do anything to divide.”

Donald, thy name is division. You and your campaign of toxicity and intolerance
have not only divided this country but also ripped it to tatters.

This comports with an extremely disturbing tendency of Trump’s: Denying
responsibility for things of which he is fully culpable, while claiming full praise for
things in which he was only partly involved.

As my mother used to say: Don’t try to throw a rock and hide your hand. Own
your odiousness.

But Trump delivered the lie with an ease and innocuousness that bespoke a
childish innocence and naïveté. In fact, his words disguised cold calculation.

That is the thing about demagogy: It can be charming, even dazzling, and that is what makes it all the more dangerous. ...

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