The old saw that history is first tragedy, then repeated as farce, seems to be upended this time around. For all our faults, we really haven't had an out and out fascist running for the Presidency. That this is the first time such an event has occurred should be a great tragedy. But the Trump campaign is such a farce of historic proportions that it's hard not think that we're living in a Samuel Beckett play.
The fact that a man who has spent almost two years defaming every group in this country can append his name to a Facebook post in which he swears to be the defender of common decency is absurd, both on its face and in its depth. But I long ago gave up trying to make sense of this election cycle. A segment of our population has gone finally off the rails. It was bad enough that the ni-clang was in the White House. But now it seems as if Crooked Hillary is well on her way to not only succeeding him, but building and expanding on his accomplishments. Shpadoinkles are bursting all over.
So, the kind of person who takes this latest Trump statement at face value is the same kind of person who believes in skewed polls and doesn't believe in climate science. It's a fact free universe for too many of our fellow citizens. Facts are not only inconvenient, but lies from the Devil meant to lead astray the righteous. As I said, it's farcical. But good farce also hides tragedy within it.
So, as usual, take comfort in the polls, but not too much. Work, donate, speak out. Trump and this iteration of the GOP have to be politically excised from our landscape.
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