Trump enthusiasts and apologists--as well as people who can't stand the man and are just trying to comprehend his rise--often explain his appeal by saying that he is "funny." I suppose he is, in the same way that fart jokes are funny--they're amusing once in a while, but they do get tiresome and repetitive. And an appreciation for fart jokes is not the kind of thing most people take pride in. A recent instance of Trumpian "humor" features The Donald splashing his adoring audience with a water bottle and yelling, "It's Rubio!"--a reference to his rival's well-documented thirstiness during a response to a State of the Union Address.
I doubt Trump's acolytes realize the irony in celebrating their idol's "sense of humor," while demonizing President Obama--arguably the funniest man ever to occupy the Oval Office. Love him or hate him, few would dispute that the guy has great comic timing. But more importantly, we are selecting a president, right, not a comedian-in-chief. And if we are electing a comedian, we can certainly do better than Trump, right? Jon Stewart must be itching for a new gig by now, no?