A few weeks ago, soon after the first prime-time Republican debate, Rachel Maddow alluded that the then-relationship between Donald Trump and Fox News was much like the relationship between Victor Frankenstein and his monster. You’ll recall this was around the time Trump was going berserk, attacking Megan Kelly and generally being combative to practically everyone while he separated himself from the elephant pack.
Since then, Donald has softened; on the one hand I’m sure in attempts to try to look more presidential but also in efforts to refrain from biting the hand that will ultimately feed him. Trump, like the monster of legend, recognizes his ‘father’ which explains his early attacks on the network.
Had he continued, and especially if he continues along that path then yes, he truly is the embodiment of the creepy creature. These days though as he mellows and woos, Trump is more like Peter Boyle than Boris Karloff.
Putting On the Ritz
These days Trump is a top-hatted and tuxedoed man about town courting many to gain acceptance. He’s backed off attacking his fellow constituents, except Jeb who he feels is his most likely opponent, in hopes of assimilating into the conservative mindset more than he already is.
He sees himself, just like the Brook’s comedic conception, as a veritable god amongst men (he’s rich-something he reminds us of all the time), particularly after being propped up for so many years by papa Fox. It’s only after daddy, in the form of Fox News president Roger Ailes publicly chastised him for his rampage that he regrouped, reconsidered and began taking steps to re-assimilate into the fold.
No matter; Trump is still dramatically more dangerous than his other party hopefuls, just like the round-headed creation of Brooks, if taken in real life, is ultimately more dangerous than flat-topped Frankie. That’s because Young Trump is assimilating into the nation’s consciousness; he’s stirring the pot and gaining allies. And just like the Boyle character, in due course he’ll begin to sire others in his party, creating little Donald-like clones with equal delusions of grandeur and intolerant thinking.
The best hope for America is that like both tragic creations, Trump will fail because when all is said and done, we won’t appreciate his difference; and it’s the difference that Donald wants us to recognize, and the difference the only true reason he sees himself as presidential fodder.
It’s a difference made up purely of dollars and cents and nothing that amounts to anything substantially significant when it comes to staking a claim on being ready and able to handle the role of President of the United States. Once America sees that they’ll recognize finally that Trump’s no Gary Cooper. Looks nothing like him.
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