23 long, dark nights for America: Self-deprecating is a good look

by awindram

Twenty-three long, dark nights to go. 

Trump’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election! Polls close, but can you believe I lost large numbers of women voters based on made up events THAT NEVER HAPPENED. Media rigging election! Election is being rigged by the media, in a coordinated effort with the Clinton campaign, by putting stories that never happened into news!

Clinton’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “Where does Trump get his talking points from? Often this alt-right conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones. (Watch all the way to the end.)

Daily election article of interest: Life after Trump: Republicans brace for betrayal and civil war after 2016

Trump should be thankful that he is not a political figure in the age of Gillray and Rowlandson. The satire, if you can call it that, he receives from the likes of SNL is by comparison relatively benign and toothless consisting as it does of a somewhat silly Alec Baldwin impersonation of Trump.

And yet Trump’s reaction shows his thin skin and utter inability to be subjected to even the most minor mockery despite his own willingness to insult and mock others. Perhaps he feels that NBC being not only the network of SNL but also the home of The Apprentice should be more supportive of him considering his not insignificant success for the channel.

It is in his reaction that we are given the frankly terrifying reminder that Trump genuinely takes himself seriously. That a man who styles his hair that way and has his skin burnished that unique shade of orange expects the rest of us not to snigger.

 Most politicians want to show that they can laugh at themselves, dispel the idea that holding or running for office has made them pompous. During the ’08 campaign even Sarah Palin was prepared to cameo on SNL and poke fun at herself and Tina Fey’s impersonation of her. I’m assuming we won’t get a repeat of that from the Donald.

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I find conspiracy theorists fascinating and Alex Jones in particular. That he has become less niche in the last few years and now can be cited by one Presidential campaign as a source for a lot of their opponent’s crazy says something about Jones’ marketing skills as well as the curious mix of cynicism and credulity that seems to have gripped so many of us.

Anyway, that this video can be tweeted out about a candidate is damning.

 

Next day addendum:
I’ve seen some on the right critique that SNL sketch for referring to the women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault as his “mistresses.” While there’s probably a large amount of expediency in attacking the sketch on that point, I do happen to agree with them. At best, it’s tone deaf; at worst, it’s an awful diminishment of their status as victims.

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