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Yuk It Up, America, While You Still Can

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Yuk It Up, America, While You Still Can

U.S. Secret Service agents surround U.S. Republican presidential candidate Trump during a disturbance as he speaks at Dayton International Airport in Dayton, Ohio

We will look back upon these days and laugh.

How could we not?

Won’t students of the future look back on this chapter in our nation’s history and think that some sort of joke was being played?

The front-runner of the Republican Party is pretending to be an unabashed bigot and outright thug.

Was he not joking when he called women bimbos, dogs and fat pigs?

And the incitements to violence! How could they not have been jokes? Donald Trump has a whole list of incitements that he goes through like a comic going through a monologue:

“Knock the crap out of him, would you? Seriously. OK? Just knock the hell — I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise.”

“I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks. It’s true.”

“Get him out of here, please. Get him out. Get him out. Are you from Mexico? Are you from Mexico? Huh? Are you from Mexico? Right smack in the middle of my punch line!”

“Get out of here. Get out. Out! … This is amazing. So much fun. I love it. I love it. We having a good time?”

That’s all Trump wants: a good time. A steak, a bottle of wine and knocking the crap out of somebody. What could be more fun than that?

And Trump can keep things from getting out of hand. Don’t worry about it. Like when that guy rushed the stage in Ohio.

“It was probably ISIS or ISIS-related. Can you believe it?” Trump said. Then he tweeted: The U.S. Secret Service “did an excellent job stopping the maniac running to the stage. He has ties to ISIS. Should be in jail!”

Except the guy has no ties to the Islamic State group. He was charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic, made bail and was allowed to go free.

Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press” later asked Trump what evidence he had that the guy has ties to ISIS.

“I don’t know,” Trump responded. “All I know is what’s on the Internet.”

And what more does a potential president really have to know? If it’s the truth, the Internet will print it. If it’s a dangerous lie, the Internet will print it.

So take your choice. And have some fun doing it.

Not everybody gets this. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama said the current campaign for president is “vulgar and divisive.”

“There are values that our parents taught us and that we try to teach to our children to try to treat others the way we want to be treated,” Obama said. He also said we should not have to explain to our children “this darker side” of U.S. politics.

But you know what I say to that? I say listen to Sarah Palin, whom Trump likes to go on the stump with because she adds intellectual heft to his campaign. Here is what she said at a rally in Tampa, Florida, on Monday:

“We don’t have time for … all that petty, punk-ass little thuggery stuff that’s been going on with these quote-unquote protesters, who are doing nothing but wasting your time and trying to take away your First Amendment rights. … And the media being on the thugs’ side — what the heck are you guys thinking, media?”

Me, I’m thinking: How did this person ever get the Republican nomination for vice president? But that was probably a joke, too.

Humor is part of our lives — which is why we use words such as “circus” to describe this current presidential election, because circuses are fun and harmless and it makes us feel less guilty when we are fascinated by it.

In an interview this month in The Washington Post, Joan Baez said of this election: “It’s entertaining, it’s insane and it’s sick and it’s nasty, and I’m like a lot of people: I can’t resist watching it. And then I turn it off and try to do something decent. Anything. Like have a cup of coffee.”

Which I think is as honest a statement as I have read recently.

On Sunday, in West Chester Township, Ohio, Trump was downcast that only one protester showed up and there was no big disruption of his speech. “In certain ways,” Trump said, “it makes it more exciting.”

The next day, at an airport in Vienna Township, Ohio, Trump said: “Tell your friends, ‘Vote for Trump.’ … You’ll look back two years from now, 10 years from now, 20 years from now and say, ‘That was the single greatest vote I ever cast.'”

And don’t worry about the consequences. Because it’s all just a circus. A laugh. A yuk. A hoot. A giggle.

Voting is your right — at least for now.

But two years from now, 10 years from now, 20 years from now, you may have to tell your children and your grandchildren just what you thought was so damn funny.

Roger Simon is Politico’s chief political columnist. His new e-book, “Reckoning: Campaign 2012 and the Fight for the Soul of America,” can be found on Amazon.com, BN.com and iTunes. To find out more about Roger Simon and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Web page at www.creators.com.

Photo: Secret Service agents surround Donald Trump during a disturbance at Dayton International Airport in Dayton, Ohio, March 12, 2016.  REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein



  1. Dominick Vila March 17, 2016

    The fact that this campaign is vulgar and divisive is only part of what is happening. Trump relies on bombast, lies, hyperbole, and the promotion of fear and old prejudices to energize his base and advance his candidacy. A casual analysis of his entire campaign would reveal the absence of substantive issues, the total absence of solutions (other than building walls and barring Muslims from entering the USA), and so much narcissism, irresponsibility, immaturity, and egotism that some times I can’t help wondering if we are dealing with an entertainer or a psychopath.
    The scariest part of what is happening is not so much Trump, but the fact that millions of Americans adore him, support what he promotes, see nothing wrong with the divisiveness and violence he incites, and plan to vote for a man so devoid of relevant experience, knowledge, professionalism, respect for the opinions and rights of others, and maturity, that he looks and acts more like an overgrown Jr. High bully than a man running for President of the United States.

    1. charleo1 March 17, 2016

      I think we would be remiss Dom, if we didn’t also mention the international embarrassment Trump is causing the Country. And the real harm his candidacy may be doing to our respected place as the premier World leader, Our place as determine by a world Community to be the essential lynchpin in the stability of the World’s political, and financial stability. From a worried World’s perspective, now comes this man Trump. On the heels of a disastrous Bush Presidency, that seen our reliability, and trustworthiness on both security, and financial matters called into serious question. Engendering a growing sense from our allies, and those that depend on us for their security, and financial well being. That thankfully President Obama has been able to manage the various fires, and crisis created by his predecessor. But now what of the next? What of Trump? They could very well think, he’s from the same political party as Bush, talks like a ignoramus, and acts like a Mussolini want to be. And to make matter more concerning, just look at his support! What is befalling our ally, America?
      China for it’s part, in an article in it’s government run paper last week, used the political chaos, and perhaps eminent implosion the Trump campaign is causing in the one of out of only two major political parties we have in this country. To characterize what the World is witnessing in American, is nothing less than the unraveling of democracy. A system they consider far inferior to theirs. Making it’s case yet again to the financial powers, that’s it’s currency, and not the dollar be appointed reserve status. An advantage of enormous weight, and advantage to the economy that holds it. But also comes with responsibilities to confer trust, and a desire to work in the best interests of all. Elizabeth Warren, a leader which has garnered great respect in many circles says she’s not laughing at all. But takes Trump very seriously, and cautions all Americans to do likewise.

      1. Dominick Vila March 17, 2016

        I couldn’t agree with you more. Unfortunately, for us and for our country, many Republicans consider the concerns being expressed by foreign leaders at the probability of a Trump presidency a vindication of their determination to vote for a charlatan seen by people throughout the world as an immature, narcissistic, irresponsible buffoon.

        1. You left out “vicious”.

        2. charleo1 March 17, 2016

          It should also give us all an insight as to the kind of foreign policy we could expect from any prospective Republican Adm. Back to the dismissive, disrespectful, and brutish, we win, you lose form of diplomacy, that brought about the epic failures of the Neocon lead Bush efforts. And I hate to sound so totally condescending. However such logic out of such thick headed saps as those now so devoted to Trump.That they will, in the end come to their senses, is completely out of the equation. We need a win my friend. I believe we will get it. But still the worry in where this all is going to wind up in the longer run.

      2. njguy54 March 17, 2016

        Every government in the world, whether they’re our allies, our rivals or our enemies, must be deeply worried about the prospect of a Trump presidency. For decades the world has looked to US foreign policy as being, if not always benevolent, at least rational and consistent. But with Trump in the White House, that all goes out the window?

        Trump has promised brutal retaliation against terrorism, so how exactly will he respond to a terror attack on his watch? And how will he react to a rogue country like North Korea, which is certain to test any new administration with some kind of manufactured crisis?

      3. Sand_Cat March 17, 2016

        Your points are valid, but Cruz still scares me way, way more.

        1. charleo1 March 17, 2016

          Poisoned, or shot my friend.. Poisoned, or shot. Either way you’re still dead.

        2. Jan123456 March 17, 2016

          I like what Jimmy Carter said:

          “I think I would choose Trump,” the liberal former president said to
          the House of Lords, when asked about the U.S. presidential race, “which may surprise some of you, but the reason is Trump has proven already that he’s completely malleable. I don’t think he has any fixed opinions that he would really go to the White House and fight for.”

          By contrast, Mr. Carter said, “Ted Cruz is not malleable. He has far
          right-wing policies, in my opinion, that would be pursued aggressively
          if and when he would become president.”

          1. Sand_Cat March 18, 2016

            Thanks; I hadn’t heard that, but it puts it well.
            Not to nit-pick, but Jimmy Carter is a “liberal” only when compared to someone like Ted Cruz. He’s generally considered (EDIT: by sane, rational, and reasonably objective observers) one of the most conservative Democratic presidents. That kind of supports our point, in any case.

    2. Sand_Cat March 17, 2016

      Haven’t you noticed? A very large number of the people apparently planning to vote for Trump could easily be mistaken for Jr. High bully drop-outs from their words and actions.

  2. 1standlastword March 17, 2016

    This day of shame in America is simply the unmasking of the Conservative party aka Republican party.

    For the first time in our history we see a clear untarnished image in the light of day what has been going on for decades behind the veil of conservative politics: the lies, deceit, hate, greed, violence and lust for power.

    Good and moral conservative people are rightfully embarrassed and ashamed to have ever been associated with “The Party”, I’m sure!.

    And Bush asked “Why do they hate us?”….His base.

    This day of shame brought to us by the Republican Party!

    Undeniable but not unbelievable!

  3. Otto T. Goat March 17, 2016

    Thanks for letting us know Joan Baez was still alive.

    1. iamproteus March 17, 2016

      Otto, seriously? That’s your take-away on this article? Little wonder so few people respond to your posts in a positive way.


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