What Fun! The Killing of Donald Trump

trump targetIn the United States just now, a spate of what appear to be rather amateurish letter bombs has been turning up in the mailboxes of prominent Trump critics. These have been widely bemoaned, not least by CNN, which blamed the evacuation of its New York office on — yes, you guessed it — the coarsening of public life for which the low-rated cable network blames — yes, you guessed that too — Donald J. Trump.

Even as Lower Manhattan came to a halt yesterday, when another of the bombs arrived at the TriBeCa eatery of actor Robert DeNiro, who famously expressed a desire to punch Trump in the face, the Times handed a slice of its op-ed page to Alexander Soros, son of the infamous George, for another Trump-bashing. In a further op-ed prompted by the pipe bombs, author and abortion advocate Eyal Press writes:

… it is Mr. Trump who has called journalists “scum” and “enemies of the people” … These are just words, some would say…

Accept as a given that anything Trump says or does will be the butt of criticism. Were he to cure cancer, the Times could be expected to lambast him for putting nurses out of work. Thus are the pipe bombs his doing because, as Press suggests, “just words” aren’t just words at all.

When it comes to the Times, however, any words critical of Trump are acceptable; indeed, as in last weekend’s Times Book Review, even words that gloatingly imagine a presidential assassination are not merely acceptable, they are solicited and showcased with pride.

The Times asked five prominent fiction authors — Joseph Finder, Laura Lippman, Jason Matthews, Zoë Sharp and Scott Turow — to imagine “what’s next for Trump”. And, boy, did they! Here’s the twist in the tail of Sharp’s tale, which imagines the Kremlin has decided Trump must be killed before the extent of his subservience to Moscow is revealed. The assassin squeezes the trigger but nothing happens:

The Makarov misfired.

The Secret Service agent at the president’s shoulder heard the click, spun into a crouch. He registered the scene instantly, drawing his own weapon with razor-edge reflexes.

The Russian tasted failure. He closed his eyes and waited to pay the cost.

It did not come.

He opened his eyes. The Secret Service agent stood before him, presenting his Glock, butt first.

“Here,” the agent said politely. “Use mine. …”

In terms of couth, wit, originality and civility, the other four stories aren’t much better, a common theme being Vladimir Putin’s control of the US President, Trump’s idiocy/machiavellian acumen and, always, his odious malfeasance.

Words have consequences, the New York Times opines, but not its own.




15 thoughts on “What Fun! The Killing of Donald Trump

  • lloveday says:

    When I saw the spelling errors on the packages – Brenan, Shultz and Florids, I thought it shorter than even money the writer was a Leftie. My experience from reading tens of thousands of on-line comments indicates that those espousing Left views are, on average, much less well-written.
    Whether that’s because the writers tend to be younger, less meticulous, less literate, non-native English speakers, two, three or four of those, or for some other reason(s), I cannot know.

  • en passant says:

    When did this revelation that the MSM and most of the world are hypocrites, cheats and liars first occur to you?
    Don’t you know that Islam is Peace, Socialism works, Free Speech is evil hate speech, honesty and truth are ignorant and false, 97% of scientists believe we are going to fry and die thanks to 0.04% of the atmosphere being CO2, 97% of scientists BELIEVE we are going to freeze tanks to western industry, Harvey Weinstein and Polanski are caring sharing, misunderstood celebrities, etc, etc.
    Please reread Orwell’s ‘1984’ and learn how to Doublethink, groupthink and reject what you see with your lying eyes, ears and brain – or it’s the Butlin’s Gulag for you until you are properly re-educated.
    The fact that the useless Liberals cannot beat Daniel Andrews and Electricity Bill will sweep the remains of them away is surely proof enough that we are indeed doomed by our own demoncratic [sic] hand.
    I am not happy even though I only watch from afar.

  • Keith Kennelly says:

    The conservatives have been pushed aside in the political party’s by educated elites who have no idea about anything.

    Morrison, Frydenberg and the rest of Turnbull cabinet are just a continuation of the trend, Including the coward Angus Taylor.

    It’s time for an alliance between working people and entrepreneurs, to get rid of all these useless educated elites.

    Forget the left right thing it doesn’t exist anymore. It’s just a smokescreen used by these elites to hide their similarity.

  • brian.doak@bigpond.com says:

    We agree that it is a screwed up world Roger Franklin and En Passant, KK and LBL, IANL, and Jody.

    Revealed to all is the directionless Liberal Party after the embedded malaise of MT, with no help from John W Howard who continues [in the current Weekend Australian] with his broad church fixation “Broad church is the best bet in this age of identity politics”.

    When the ‘broad’ Liberal Party includes a 50% membership who would be as much aligned with the Labor Party then the ‘broad church is ready for schism. That is the best bet JWH!

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