Following the election of Donald Trump, I found myself thinking on more than one occasion “this can’t really be happening.” The more I listened to the stream of nonsense coming out of his mouth, the less sure I felt about reality. I’m relieved to find I’m not alone. We saw more proof during his trip to Britain that Trump is the laughing stock of world leaders with the publication this week (June 3, 2019) of a telling photograph. Granted, some interpretation is involved, but in the photo, the wife of Prince Charles certainly appears to be winking at journalists behind Trump’s back.
Watching Trump floundering around on the world stage (once again) has many observers questioning the reality of it all. They can hardly believe it’s actually happening. As reported in the Washington Post:
[W]itnessing its veracity up close, hardly made it less surreal, Merriam-Webster’s word of the year in 2016. As the late Philip Roth once observed, the task is simply to “make credible much of American reality.”
“It stupefies, it sickens, it infuriates, and finally it is even a kind of embarrassment to one’s meager imagination,” Roth wrote in Commentary magazine in 1961. “The actuality is continually outdoing our talents, and the culture tosses up figures almost daily that are the envy of any novelist.”
Indeed, in this case, there is hardly any need for invention. The facts themselves are hard enough to believe.
Trump is stranger than fiction. Truth is stranger than fiction. And since 1961 (when Roth made his remarks about American culture), it’s only gotten stranger. As long as the public is sucked in by ‘reality’ TV, celebrity and buffoonery, that’s what we’ll get: not statesman, but people like the Kardashians who are famous for being famous. It has been observed that DC politics is the Hollywood for ugly people.
Finally, let’s not forget who uttered these amazing words:
“(Obama) doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one, but there’s something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim. I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that.”
“(John McCain is) not a war hero…. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”
“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, (Carly Fiorina’s) a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
“You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.”
“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”