Amazingly, the fact that his successor spent years abusing him with calumnies, lies, and disrespect, in an ugly racist style, has not discouraged Obama from showing him and his family every courtesy — and seeking to prepare him for the presidency.
Twitter became a potent tool for Trump because it dovetails with the demands of today’s political environment: delivering brief, blunt statements that because of their pithiness seem authentic — truthful or not.
Alas, Trump seems to confuse the presidency with being the emcee on a “reality TV” program. Or with being Emperor of Lilliput.
Late Night host Colbert reviews the weekend’s really important story — that huge Pence-Trump-Hamilton Twitter feud — in a costumed rap performance, rhyming “aspersions” and “gay conversions.”
When video of Richard Spencer’s speech surfaced, the deceptive branding of “alt right,” a thin scrim invented for social media, was scraped away to reveal the restless Nazi maggots underneath. Such a revolting spectacle should have upset Trump.
Even though the New York Times’ treatment of Hillary Clinton has been the topic of an ongoing media debate, the Times devoted the review of the paper’s election work almost entirely to detailing ways in which the paper hadn’t been understanding enough of Donald Trump’s supporters.
Trump possesses a totalitarian genius for occupying our political discourse with the sort of bullshit that feeds his fame and appeals to Americans who feel victimized by change.
Trump called Hamilton “highly overrated,” but Pence praised the blockbuster musical, which dramatizes America’s founding in hip-hop style with a multiracial cast.
Trump wrote on Twitter that “General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, who is being considered for Secretary of Defense, was very impressive yesterday. A true General’s General!”
Like so many other Trump episodes, anyone who watches the videotape can see what happened at Hamiton — which differs diametrically from the president-elect’s invented version.