Monday, May 15, 2023

Trump Cries "Fire!"

Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Mel Brooks (who made Hitler the stuff of comedy in The Producers) and George Carlin ("7 Words You Can’t Say On TV") were all famous for their provocations. The recently deceased former mayor of Cincinnati, Jerry Springer, led to Howard Stern, the father of shock jockeys. Donald Trump, a former friend of Stern’s who appeared on his show (until Stern decided not to vote for his protege) employed the uncensored approach with great effect.The Apprentice became a staple of the reality TV that eventually characterized his presidency. "You once said using the debt ceiling as a negotiating wedge could not happen," Kaitlan Collins remarked at the recent CNN sponsored Republican Town Hall. "Why is it different now?" Trump received roars of laughter when he responded "Now I am not president." Bingo! To Trump politics is a big joke. Oliver Wendell Holmes famously defined the limits of free speech as "crying fire in a crowded theater." For Trump, you can get away with anything including January 6 (the current example of “crying fire”) if you know how to deliver the punch line. Those who try to grapple with Trump, who also bears comparison to Don Rickles, by using rationality, might as well be reading Robert’s Rules to Monty Python. CNN, which has now achieved the dubious honor of being the most boring and upright citizen in television news, made a gargantuan mistake in giving Trump the floor. Famously a Tai Chi grandmaster challenged an MMA champ. Who do you wager won  (and how fast)? You fight fire with fire, not brimstone. 

read "The Final Solution: Was Hitler a New York Liberal At Heart?" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and listen to "Make America Great Again" by Pussy Riot

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