Trump the cannibal

Trump the cannibal

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By: Allen Nitschelm on June 4, 2018 | Editorial Review, Media Criticism

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I thought I had read just about everything negative about President Donald Trump, until I saw him mentioned in an article about cannibalism. Seriously.

The Liberals really have to get over their constant refrain about how awful Donald Trump is. The article in question, by writer Pallavi Kottamasu of the “Ministry of Ideas” (a public-radio sponsored think tank that seems to like to promote Liberal ideology, almost like a religion. Perhaps that’s why they refer to themselves as a Ministry. Or maybe it is an obscure Harry Potter reference?), starts with a strange premise wondering whether cannibalism is “bad.” Normally I would just skip this type of nonsense, chalking it up to the relentless need to fill empty space (a job that must be much easier now that the size of the Globe has been shrinking, but I guess it is still a problem), but I thought to myself, “wouldn’t it be funny if a story about cannibalism mentioned Donald Trump?”

So I started to read the article, and before it got off the front page of the Ideas section, there it was! I literally laughed out loud to read that Trump had called some people “animals.” I dutifully turned to page 6 to finish the paragraph, only to read the disclaimer that Trump was referring to MS-13 gang members, but even so, “critics accused him of blurring the distinction between that group and the broader community of Central American immigrants.” So I guess the writer agrees that MS-13 gang members are animals but Trump just did a bad job of making sure every single person knew who he was referring to when he made the comment. Nice try, Ms. Kottamasu.

I went to the “Ministry of Ideas” website to find out a little more about this organization, which got prominent feature space in the Globe, and I learned that it is Cambridge and NPR/Public Radio based. One of their recent events was “Action and Reaction, the ideology of Conservatism.” According to the summary, Corey Robin, speaking at the Harvard Divinity School, argues that Conservatism is “not a commitment to limited government and liberty…or a politics of virtue” but is fundamentally “a meditation on…the felt experience of having power, seeing it threatened, and trying to win it back.”

Too bad I missed that talk. Well, off to my KKK rally. Oh wait, I’m sorry, that’s the Democrat party, not the Republican party. Mr. Robin got me confused.

I wonder if Ms. Kottamasu will be following up her article with a series on similar topics, like Is Genocide Bad, Is Incest Bad, and Is Murder Bad? I look forward to seeing how she weaves criticism of Donald Trump into each and every one of those topics.

 

 

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