Oh? Should we then believe that given the normal excesses of campaign rhetoric, the real estate tycoon should be excused for mocking a disabled reporter with hyperactive gestures on TV, a clownish exhibition that Conway actually denied as we watched his gross antics on split screen. The great Walter Lippmann once wrote that it is impossible to correct the abuses of pure fact if it is rooted in the abuser being paid not to understand it.
On the other hand the profound philosopher Yogi Berra once warned us of switch hitters – players who swung the bat from both sides much like Trump’s penchant for switching positions questioning President Obama’s status as an ”illegitimate American”. Yogi supposed such folks were “amphibious”.
Trump won’t disappoint me in judging his shabby character and unreal gestures that will mark him as the king of fabrication, But what about the voters that cling to their belief in the man and their superheated hatred of Hillary Clinton? He’s given us no hint that he is willing to move on as the guy who whipped up his crowds by calling for her arrest as a crook. What about the others, many of whom digest screaming headlines in the supermarket tabloids to firm up their trust when he boasts that he will be the “greatest job producer that God ever created”?
That bloated self-appraisal was a mild concession that there is higher order than his. But, folks, even that is a start . Yet unlike Rome, all roads do not lead to new jobs for coal miners or immobilized production lines. The economic base is changing around the world. And Trump, with his gifts from…um…God, cannot come close to changing it. So far his loyalists have failed to perceive that. Will there ever be an update for the tabloid readers. Or in the new era of Trumpisms will they learn from Zorba that the “future is the pig’s behind”?