By now, you've probably seen this horrifying video of the Donald Trump "youth rally." Whoops. Sorry, wrong clip. I meant this horrifying video, which lacks even the lovely countertenor to redeem it. It's almost admirable: Every time you think the Trump campaign has reached a point below which it would be impossible to go, he reveals yet another sub-basement.
I'm seriously (wishfully?) starting to believe the whole thing might be meant as satire. I mean, Donald Trump is a vile, hateful, misogynistic, racist, vulgar. . . .
Sorry, where was I? Right. Donald Trump is a jackass. But he's not actually stupid. He must know that everything he's doing is straight out of the Hitler playbook: His encouragement of violence from his followers, his assertions that anyone who dares to disagree with him "should be roughed up," his demonization of Jews--sorry, Muslims. Mexicans? Blacks? Who are we hating this week?
So is it possible we're all being punked? Did Trump maybe watch "Bob Roberts" and think, "Great movie! Classy movie! Not enough people saw it! I'm gonna make a big, beautiful political campaign just like this. It'll be great. You won't believe how great it'll be." And when he accepts the nomination at the Republican convention, he'll introduce Tim Robbins as his running mate, and we'll all have a good laugh about the whole thing.
Buried in an article about Bernie Sanders' attempts to reach out to Black voters was this tidbit: "Mr. Sanders also has a growing stable of hip-hop artists singing his praises, including Antwan Andre Patton, better known as Big Boi and formerly of the duo Outkast." This is ridiculous! "Formerly" of the duo Outkast?!? Did they break up?!?