TRUMPY McTRUMPFACE MARCHES ON?

About eight months ago Donald Trumpy McTrumpFace was a political joke. Fast forward to just a few weeks ago and Trump was no longer a laughing matter, instead he was this unstoppable presidential juggernaut, Trumping his way to the Republican nomination, and then all the way to the White House. However, since recent events in Wisconsin, where Trump lost so decisively to rival Ted Cruz, no one is quite so sure now. A few weeks ago this blog post would have been ‘Trumpy McTrumpFace Marches On. And On’. Now the title is more of a question than a statement of triumph. As Michael Bourne puts is: “In the months since Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has shifted from amusing diversion to cold political reality, the narrative favored by America’s political and media elite has been one of chickens coming home to roost.”

Apparently the main reason for Trump losing big in Wisconsin is that he continues to cause controversy: he regularly incites political violence by threatening to “beat the crap out of” protesters at his rallies, he is a serial liar, he is a rampant xenophobe, he is a KKK-level racist, he is a misogynist, he is still a birther, he repeatedly pledges to ban all Muslims (over 1.6 billion members of an entire religion) from entering America, and more recently he has made some bewilderingly flip-flop comments about woman’s issues, specifically around women being legally punished if they have an abortion.

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

So is Trump finished? Andrew Buncombe of the Independent recently said that “as much as people may wish to get out their engraving tools for Mr Trump’s granite headstone, he is not dead. Far from it…It is going to be a long, hot and chaotic summer. And Donald J Trump is going to be at the very heart of it.”

Why Trump will be at the heart of this year’s political process is because, as Michael Tomasky has noted, “Each new outrage only confirms to his supporters that Trump is gleefully defying the establishment, and they love him for it.”

Just to provide some counter balance, E J Dionne Jr again of the Independent, said: “Americans would never choose as their president a clownish peddler of racial and religious stereotypes who made everything up as he went along was right from the start.” Let us all pray that he is right.

I am fully aware in the right-wing righteous eyes of Trumpy McTrumpFace that I, Beardy McBeardFace, would probably be seen as a loony-left-wing-ISIS-sympathising-abortion-loving-wall-hating-terrorist, simply because I do not 100% agree with Trump with heart and soul and body and mind, in everything he says and indeed implies. Because of this my non-American opinion does not really warrant any attention. Fair enough, so presented below are the views and opinions of others that I whole-heartedly agree with, opinions that are funnier than mine and that matter much more than mine. Enjoy!

PS This post follows on from a Trump related post I did earlier.

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon


Frankie Boyle berates Trump on TV and in the press…

One the Jonathon Ross show recently Frankie Boyle made the following comments:

I’m just horrified by Donald Trump. He’s sort of like a pumpkin having a nervous breakdown. He’s like a sort of corrupt tele-evangelist that Columbo would have as a baddie or something. But he’s really dangerous, I mean he’s like proto-fascist, almost. And Hillary Clinton isn’t much better. I mean, she’s like the establishment candidate. But if you’re in one of the countries that America is destroying around the world, that election must look like, you know, someone is driving a combine harvester towards you and there’s a chance that the wheel might be grabbed by a chimpanzee. There’s not really a good option in there. – Frankie Boyle, on The Jonathon Ross Show, 02 Apr 2016

And here is a selection of quotes from a brilliant article Boyle wrote for the Guardian a few days later:

It’s actually hard to find a clip of Donald Trump’s campaign that doesn’t look like a RoboCop insert…

The Republicans seem to be shocked that the result of decades of polarising rhetoric is a polarised society. The conservative establishment has spoken in a language of constant crisis, despite being ridiculously well served by the status quo, and it’s surprising how well the fear campaign has worked, considering that most of the country is on anti-anxiety medication. Conservatives have focused on false crises of international terror and immigration, little recognising that many voters have been equating that narrative with their own real crises of unemployment, debt and foreclosure. Donald Trump has simply cast himself as a solution. Trump is in many ways just saying what the other candidates would say on cocaine, but he’s also a unity candidate. His hope is to bring all of America together in their rejection of reality…

You can actually make your own Trump policies by going through the incinerator at the Daily Mail and picking through the dust for anything they thought might get them prosecuted. His position on climate change is “How can there be global warming when it’s still so cold in my soul?”…

For anyone who has ever asked why the US needs to address the issue of reparations for its history of slavery, Donald Trump is why. He is the living embodiment of America’s unresolved issues. “How on earth can America consider expelling people of a different faith?!” an appalled England asks of a country created by the people they expelled for having a different faith…

Trump seems to have the emotional range of a Power Rangers villain and the social skills of a teenage Minotaur. He looks like a pumpkin having a nervous breakdown, talks like the words are being fired out of his mouth by a tennis ball launcher and has the general manner of an arrogant televangelist suspected of murder by Columbo. His approach to public speaking? “If in doubt, switch to your internal monologue.” His core demographic? Possibly men whose holiday destinations would significantly overlap with a list of missing women. Trump is bringing out people who’ve never voted, people who felt they had no one to speak for them until now, people who throw microwaved beans at the television and people who go shopping in their pyjamas. And who knows, if Trump’s supporters are using their eight-fingered fists to make banners and red hats rather than drunkenly beating their kid into a coma that they won’t let a black doctor treat, maybe that’s a good thing. Trump knows that he appeals to people who are suspicious not just of political elites but everything those elites believe in, including rationality, and when confronted with anything empirical instinctively retreats into unverifiable anecdotes…

For America, and indeed the rest of the world, Clinton versus Trump will be like being on a bus being driven at high speed towards a cliff by a psychopath, where there’s a chance that a chimpanzee might grab control of the steering wheel. It’s not a question of whether this will make things better or worse, it’s more that the whole idea of “better” may be gradually ceasing to exist…


Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, calls Trump a ‘false prophet’…

Trump has said Mexicans are the problem, calling us rapists and criminals. He thinks building the “Trump Wall” will right every wrong in the United States. Indeed, he’s built a huge mental wall around himself already, which doesn’t allow him to see the greatness of our people…Trump is surely a false prophet who will guide the great nation of the United States to the bottom of the ocean, all the way through the shores of ignorance, racism, hunger and despair. – Vicente Fox


To some Trump is political Prozac…

My wife made a good point, a rare occurrence I know. She said that Trump supporters must have been harbouring all this hatred for such a long time, hatred such as racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia. Now they have a leader who is openly expressing his own such hatred so publicly and without any sense of shame, his supporters somehow feel they can let all of their hatred out too. This can clearly be seen at Trump rallies with the shameful treatment of anyone who protests. At these rallies we have heard open remarks that border on incitement of hate crime.

Trump is their political Prozac, their official hatred valve that has now been turned up all the way to 11. However, as Michael Bourne scarily asks: “Where does all the white rage go when Donald Trump loses? They’re too angry to sit still. Too many to ignore. But too few to elect a president. Where do they go after Trump?…Where will all that anger, which has been slowly building among America’s white working class for half a century, go once it is left without a viable political outlet?”


Clay Bennett editorial cartoon


Matt Taibbi says Trump is the result of American culture being dumbed down through the ages…

We’re about to enter a dark period in the history of the American experiment. The Founding Fathers never imagined an electorate raised on Toddlers and Tiaras and Temptation Island. Remember, just a few decades ago, shows like Married With Children and Roseanne were satirical parodies. Now the audience can’t even handle that much irony. A lot of American culture is just dumb slobs cheering on other dumb slobs. It was inevitable, once we broke the seal with Bush, that our politics would become the same thing. Madison and Jefferson never foresaw this situation. They knew there was danger of demagoguery, but they never imagined presidential candidates exchanging “mine’s bigger than yours” jokes or doing “let’s laugh at the disabled” routines. There’s no map in the Constitution to tell us how to get out of where we’re going. All we can do now is hold on. – Matt Taibbi


Conor Lynch goes further to say “Trump is the pinnacle of American stupidity”…

Donald Trump is the pinnacle of American stupidity…Trump represents the culmination of Republican — and American — stupidity. For many voters, his ignorance of both foreign and domestic issues is offset by his bold and folksy rhetoric, along with his absolute confidence, which, as Bill Maher recently noted, “is perfect for the country that scores low in math and science but off the charts in self-esteem.” In this age of 24/7 entertainment, where even the news is seen as a form of escapism, his sophomoric antics are considered fun and amusing, while his vulgar and often inflammatory comments are regarded as rebellious by those who are fed up with perceived “political correctness.” – Conor Lynch


Boris Johnson says Trump “is playing the game of the terrorists”…

I think Donald Trump is clearly out of his mind if he thinks that’s a sensible way to proceed, you can’t ban people going to the United States in that way, or indeed to any country. And what he’s doing is playing the game of the terrorists and those who seek to divide us. That is exactly the kind of reaction they hope to produce. And I have to say that when Donald Trump says that there are parts of London that are ‘no go’ areas, I think he’s betraying a quite stupefying ignorance that makes him frankly unfit to hold the office of President of the United States…I would invite him to come and see the whole of London and take him round the city, except that I wouldn’t want to expose any Londoners to any unnecessary risk of meeting Donald Trump. – Boris Johnson


There is a cartoon Donald Trump and he is scarily life-like…

The Late Show host Stephen Colbert created a Cartoon Donald Trump, since the real one has declined to appear on his show:


Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, tears into Trump in a lengthy speech…

And let me put it very plainly. If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished…

But you say, wait, wait, wait, isn’t he a huge business success? Doesn’t he know what he’s talking about? No, he isn’t and no he doesn’t. (APPLAUSE) Look, his bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who work for them. He inherited his business, he didn’t create it. And whatever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there’s Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks and Trump Mortgage. A business genius he is not…

Mr. Trump’s bombast is already alarming the allies and fueling the enmity of our enemies. Insulting all Muslims will keep many of them from fully engaging with us in the urgent fight against ISIS, and for what purpose? Muslim terrorists would only have to lie about their religion to enter the country…

I’m far from the first to conclude that Donald Trump lacks the temperament to be president. After all, this is an individual who mocked a disabled reporter, who attributed a reporter’s questions to her menstrual cycle, who mocked a brilliant rival who happened to be a woman due to her appearance, who bragged about his marital affairs, and who laces his public speeches with vulgarity. Donald Trump says he admires Vladimir Putin, at the same time he has called George W. Bush a liar. That is a twisted example of evil trumping good. (APPLAUSE)… – Mitt Romney


Hillary Clinton says “Trump is running a cynical campaign of hate and fear”…

Donald Trump is running a cynical campaign of hate and fear, for one reason: to get votes. He’s encouraging violence and chaos to get votes. He is pitting Americans against each other to get votes…After stoking every fire he can think of, Trump encourages his supporters to beat up anybody who disagrees with him — literally punch them in the face — and then offers to pay their legal bills. – Hilary Clinton


To add to Matt Bellassai’s point, Trump also dodged the Vietnam draft…

Matt Bellassai tweeted the following after the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels:

Matt Twitter


John Oliver tears down his wall, brick by brick, fact by fact…

In 1987 in west Berlin the US president Ronald Reagan famously advised the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”, referring to the barrier which had divided East and West Berlin since 1961. Some 30 years later we have Trump, who is essentially Reagan on steroids and crack and more steroids, trying to get into the Whiter House by promising not to tear down walls, but instead to build the best wall ever built. Will this wall idea work? I’ll let John Oliver handle this one:

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