Watching the 2016 Presidential election has been illuminating.
In my opinion, what bothers our elite, who are united in revulsion against Trump, is that he never learned how to maintain the proper decorum. Unlike Michelle, Barack, and W, Trump didn’t go to Harvard or Yale, institutions that serve as sociopathic finishing schools for America’s elite.
Regarding our sociopathic elite, I’m reminded of an article I read years ago in the New York Times, that I can’t find now, where Madeleine Albright tutors students in the finer arts of dinner behavior. This was after Albright, former Secretary of State under the Clinton administration, had admitted to Leslie Stahl on 60 Minutes, that the sanctions the US had imposed on Iraq that had resulted in the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children was worth the price.
For such a horrible candidate, the Donald has unintentionally performed a public service by clarifying what our values are.
Misogyny bad, mass murder of far-away brown people, not so much.
No wonder our elite despise him.
Update: Matt Taibbi gives us the Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail angle:
“Trump’s shocking rise and spectacular fall have been a singular disaster for U.S. politics. Built up in the press as the American Hitler, he was unmasked in the end as a pathetic little prankster who ruined himself, his family and half of America’s two-party political system for what was probably a half-assed ego trip all along, adventure tourism for the idiot rich.
That such a small man would have such an awesome impact on our nation’s history is terrible, but it makes sense if you believe in the essential ridiculousness of the human experience. Trump picked exactly the wrong time to launch his mirror-gazing rampage to nowhere. He ran at a time when Americans on both sides of the aisle were experiencing a deep sense of betrayal by the political class, anger that was finally ready to express itself at the ballot box.”