Readings: “President Trump, Seriously”

The following quotes are from Matt Taibbi’s article for the 2/24/16 issue of Rolling Stone. If you think these are good, check out the whole article.

There’s evidence that human polling undercounts Trump’s votes, as people support him in larger numbers when they don’t have to admit their leanings to a live human being. Like autoerotic asphyxiation, supporting Donald Trump is an activity many people prefer to enjoy in a private setting, like in a shower or a voting booth.

See also the reference to Cruz’s “absurd Swiss Army cliches,” or the way that he’s compared to “that escort who’ll be into whatever you want, for an hour.” Better yet:

[Neurology professor Dr. Richard Cytowic describes Cruz’s face with the] German term, backpfeifengesicht, literally “a face in need of a good punch.” This may be overstating things a little. Cruz certainly has an odd face–it looks like someone sewed pieces of a waterlogged Reagan mask together at gunpoint–but it’s his tone more than anything that gets you. He speaks slowly and loudly and in the most histrionic language possible, as if he’s certain you’re too stupid to grasp that he is for freedom.

The main takeaway from these larger-than-life buffoons is that we’re living in the world predicted by Idiocracy, albeit several decades earlier. We’ve turned politics into theater, thanks to the 24/7 stage provided by the media–or maybe it’s a bloodsport, or, given the short attention spans of the audience, the constant need to be dazzled, maybe it’s just a straight-up circus. In any case:

We let our electoral process devolve into something so fake and dysfunctional that any half-bright con man with the stones to try it could walk right through the front door and tear it to shreds on the first go.

And Trump is no half-bright con man, either. He’s way better than average.

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