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Reality Trumped

trump babiesThere has never been a shortage of descriptors for Donald Trump, but “liar” wasn’t one of them. Not really, anyway. It was popular for a while to say, when Trump contradicted himself, that his attention-span is so short he couldn’t remember what he’d professed to believe a few years ago. Did he once claim, for example, to be “very pro-choice”? Doesn’t ring a bell a bell with him, no. To indulge in a bit of doublespeak, it wasn’t so much lying as it was “un-truth”. If you went to see your grandmother, who was in the late stages of her dotage, and she mistook you for her third-grade music teacher, you wouldn’t accuse her of willfully disseminating misinformation. And that’s more or less how Trump came off. He was too lost in his own attention-deficient la-la land to distinguish fact from fantasy.

But in just the last week this theory has been thrown into doubt. You might’ve heard of the incident on August 2 involving a baby who cried throughout Trump’s appearance at a Jacksonville rally. Trump addressed the mother thus: “Don’t worry about that baby. I hear that baby crying and I like it! I like it! What a baby. What a beautiful baby. Don’t worry …. don’t worry about it. It’s young. It’s beautiful. That’s what we want.”

Some eight seconds later, he addresses her again: “Actually I was only kidding. You can get the baby out of here … I think she really believed me, that I love having a baby crying while I’m speaking!”

Now, let me be the one with intestinal fortitude to say what everyone is thinking: The Donald’s stance on crying babies was 100% spot-on. Everyone knows bawling infants are damn annoying, whether you’re addressing a political rally or riding the bus to Balmain. As, for that matter, is the sound of children at play. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard this fabled “mirthful laughter of children”. Whenever my neighbor’s kids are out in their yard, they immediately begin screaming bloody murder until one of them starts crying hysterically. I’m with the Victorians here: children should be seen and not heard, and it is comforting to know my party’s presidential nominee feels the same way.

But then, after three days of castigation from the media, The Donald reversed his position at a gathering in Green Bay, Wisconsin. As Trump remembered it, he said: “Ma’am, I’d like to reverse my order. Perhaps you could nicely take the baby out. Your baby’s great.”

There are three possible interpretations here. One: Trump actually did politely ask the mother and her child leave the stadium. This one we can eliminate off the bat because he obviously didn’t. Two: Trump went squishy under media pressure. I’d hate to think this was true, because at this point the only thing Trump has going for him is his refusal to apologise for any of the uncomfortable truths he tells in defiance of liberal orthodoxies — like the fact that we can’t vet Syrian refugees for ISIS sympathies, or that crying babies are far, far worse than merely annoying. Three: Trump’s short-term memory is totally shot to bits, and he sees the world entirely through his own rosy lenses. (That would, I suppose, explain why his eyelids aren’t the same shade of orange as the rest of his face.)

Trump has been known to threaten lawsuits over anything approaching defamation, so I won’t give my own opinion here. I won’t, that is, say whether he’s sinking into senility or just turning into a politically correct putz. That’s entirely up to you, dear reader. But whatever conclusion you arrive at, it might be best to keep your opinion to yourself. Unless, that is, you have a few million dollars to chuck at a libel suit, or are willing to risk making fun of a demented old man.

Michael Warren Davis is in the US, not quite knowing whether to be bemused or appalled by the presidential choice confronting American voters

14 comments
  • Homer Sapien

    Looks like….

    • Homer Sapien

      Bit confused now, I agreed with Steve Spencer but my comment (unlike his) didn’t get deleted? Please delete mine too as it doesn’t make sense now!

      • Steve Spencer

        Oh, so you don’t want to be associated with reprobates like me, eh?

  • Steve Spencer

    Hi Quadrant mods! Was my earlier comment on this piece really so bad it had to be deleted? For a site that so often prints mockery of its targets (fair enough I say), surely it can stand a little itself?

  • Dallas Beaufort

    While Donald Trump continuously modifies his language to engage and entertain the audience the banal left demand repetition, no wonder the establishment is sick.

  • Keith Kennelly

    Homer

    Looks like one of us uneducated plebs. Thank the lord there are more of us than the grizling educates who can’t get past the truth or not having entirely their own way.

    Don’t tell me you are not going to be a sad sack Trump hater after Trump becomes President.

    Good lord I can hardly wait to see how you are all going to carry on after he’s built the wall, stopped Muslim immigration, defeated terrorism and made America great again.

    that will be fun.

  • en passant

    Michael,
    This is why we are so lucky in the Lucky Country: every last one of our politicians is open, truthful, never lies or misstates their position and is as transparent as a jellyfish brain.

    As I said in an earlier post, Trump is the only golfer who can beat Obama’s caddy, Hilarity. He is the lesser of two weevils by offering some hope against none.

    Remember the Not-So-Great Pretender, Hilarity when watching the “Clinton Cash” expose at: http://www.breitbart.com/clinton-cash-movie/

    I agree that Trump does not have ALL the answers therefore the Americans should be very careful when choosing to vote for him. However, it is Terrible Trump or Clinton for Cash. That’s it for the Free World since the USEXIT from leadership and reason under Obama.

    Extending this logic that Trump is imperfect, the voters should then vote for Clinton based on:

    1. She has NO answers – a blank page with no policy black marks, just many, many blots.
    2. SHE is not a HE, so that scores brownie points with the mediascum.
    3. Hillary has not been convicted of:
    a. Bribery & fraud with the sham ‘Clinton Foundation’,
    b. Having blood on her hands over the sacrifice of “What does it matter any more?” good men in Benghazi,
    c. Lying over Benghazi and everything to do with islam & terrorism,
    d. Breaking security laws by using a personal unsecured server for classified emails. It now appears that Iran has executed one of their scientists for spying for the USA – who was mentioned and discussed in the hacked emails. Yes, you CAN trust Hilarty to be consistent screw up everything. More Blood.
    e. Scrubbing the said server (and saying she did not) and passing classified emails to her lawyers (who did not have the Security Clearance to receive or read them) for review,
    f. Whitewater Fraud that possibly lead to a suicide or murder (more blood, even if this time just by implication),
    g. Starting an illegal and unauthorised war in Libya that toppled and killed the only lunatic able to stabilise that failed state. By this point she has more blood than the Blood Bank.
    h. Selling Uranium to the Russians through a crony for huge profits who just happened to make a donation (you guessed it) to the ‘Clinton Foundation’ Bank Account.
    i. Lying to coal miners that their loss of a coal mining livelihood is just a misunderstanding as they will all be employed in the ‘renewables’ industry (on treadmills perhaps?),
    j. Lying about her ‘combat experience’ at Kosovo(?) airport where she had to ‘run for cover’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxpJvrclIfM . What a counterfeit hero and serial liar. Highly paid News Anchors have lost their multi-$M jobs for fabrications less than that (but in Oz we prefer to elect such tall tale tellers to Parliament),
    k. Showing what a feminist woman she is by sticking with Bill despite his ‘never having had sex with that woman’ (and many others).
    l. Being the architect of Obamacare – the worst and most destructive social policy in US history,
    m. and on … and on … until the alphabet runs out.
    4. Running a dishonest smear campaign against both Donald Trump AND Bernie Sanders. The DNC Campaign Manager has been exposed and has had to resign, so I guess Hilarity can laugh that one off as nothing to do with her.

    Yes, American voters, be very, verrrry careful when considering who you will vote for as the next President as the choices facing them are almost as bad as those we faced in Oz a Light Month ago. Fortunately, in Oz we managed to elect a Senate that will emasculate the excesses of the Sheriff of Wentworth and his superannuation grab (that purely coincidentally does not affect politicians incredibly generous, fully-indexed pensions)

    At least if there are enough stupid Americans (and lots of dead people) who place a vote for Hilarity they know exactly what you are getting … but Trump is a risk.

    The seven deadly things that could stop the Corrupt Clinton Crony Kleptocrat Machine from entering the White House, (to be the Fool on the Hill), even if elected are:

    1. Being in prison
    2. Losing her Security Clearance
    3. Being indicted for crimes that carry sentences >5-years (take your pick from the above and more) so that she has to stand aside
    4. A new fraud scandal that grabs even the dumbest voters attention – what are the chances of that?
    5. Being disendorsed by the Democrack Addicts
    6. Too many dead people vote the election is declared invalid by the Supreme Court
    7. Congresses impeaches and indicts her

    There are many more

  • [email protected]

    Let me repeat my comment following a similar anti-Trump article. Uneasiness concerning a prospective Trump presidency is understandable. On the other hand, the thought a Clinton presidency is terrifying.

  • Homer Sapien

    Fairy floss from Michael Warren, if you like to go to the heart of the matter Google why Dr Ben Carson supports Donald Trump, loads of wisdom there. The author is just complaining about the music while the Titanic is heading towards the iceberg.One wonders….

  • Ian Matthews

    For those of us who believe that anarchy is the only thing that can put paid to the leftist elites of the US and Oz, The Donald is the only way.

  • Rob Ellison

    Most Republicans expect to lose. Half the party isn’t voting for the orange menace.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/08/08/us/politics/national-security-letter-trump.html

  • ian.macdougall

    The US could well be at the very start of another civil war.

    Donald Trump has hinted at the assassination of Hillary Clinton by supporters of gun rights.
    The Republican nominee was speaking at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, about the next president’s power to appoint supreme court justices. “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” he said, adding: “Although the second amendment people – maybe there is, I don’t know.”
    The second amendment to the constitution protects the right of Americans to bear arms. Trump has accused his Democratic rival of wanting to abolish it, a charge that she denies….

    DSonald Trump is clearly a man of principle: the principle being say whatever you think will help get you elected – wherever that might lead.
    Rough times ahead?

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/09/trump-gun-owners-clinton-judges-second-amendment

  • Geoffrey Luck

    The fourth possibiity (unlikley in America) is that Trump was being sarcastic, giving a verbal nudge to get the baby the hell out of here! Stupidly, (no sense of irony) she didn’t take the hint.

  • Damien Richardson

    You know how difficult things have become for the proponents of the so called centre right, when it’s putative supporters in magazines like Quadrant, credulously link to criticism of Donald Trump from left wing dailies, like the NY Times and The Guardian.

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