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Trump's Harakari: an 'Orgy' for Bullshit Connoisseurs (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

 

"The Republican debate was a great feast for the bullshit connoisseur; or perhaps I should call it an unbridled orgy. In the starring role was billionaire Donald Trump, who for the umpteenth time emphatically proved himself exceptionally rude and simplistic - which hasn't prevented him from leading the polls and sustaining that lead for several weeks running (he is now supported by one in four right-leaning voters). This peculiar sociological phenomenon confirms the grim hypothesis that billions of dollars can transform even the greatest lout into Prince Charming - at least in America."

 

By Mariusz Zawadzki

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Translated By Halszka Czarnocka

 

August 14, 2015

 

Poland - Gazeta Wyborcza - Original Article (Polish)

"Bullshit is everywhere" - such was the farewell message of the now-lamented Jon Stewart, who retired this week from political-entertainment program The Daily Show [video below]. "How true!" one would like to say, after watching last Thursday's first GOP debate of candidates for the party's presidential nomination, which was organized by Fox News [video, upper, right].

 

 

 

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That right-wing TV network was an inexhaustible breeding ground for jokes by Stewart and his best pupil, Steven Colbert, who for the past several years had his own satirical program (The Colbert Report), and who, in my opinion, surpassed his teacher, but last December also terminated his show. The sudden and almost simultaneous departure of both provoked among fans - myself including a sense of emptiness, senselessness and a nostalgic meditation on transience. Now we only have John Oliver left, another Stewart disciple who left The Daily Show and launched his own program. It's only one broadcast a week, however, so things will never be the same.

 

Let us turn, however, to our subject: the Republican debate. It was a great feast for the bullshit connoisseur; or perhaps I should call it an unbridled orgy of bullshit. In the starring role was billionaire Donald Trump, who for the umpteenth time emphatically proved himself exceptionally rude and simplistic - which hasn't prevented him from leading the polls and sustaining that lead for several weeks running (he is now supported by one in four right-leaning voters).

 

This peculiar sociological phenomenon confirms the grim hypothesis that billions of dollars can transform even the greatest lout into Prince Charming - at least in America, where successful persons are particularly appreciated (since everyone craves success and, more than in other countries, believes they can achieve it).

 

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The highlight of the debate came with the question posed by journalist Megyn Kelly [video, right]. She asked Trump whether it was right for a presidential candidate to speak contemptuously of certain women, calling them, for instance, "fat pigs." His answer was that "I have no time for political correctness." The billionaire apparently confused political correctness with the basic principle of good manners. However, if you overlook this minor detail, his retort was clever, reinforcing Trump's main strength: in public appearances he poses as a man who speaks bluntly and without beating around the bush like professional politicians. Right-wing voters lapped it up since they hate political correctness.

 

Trump's answer sparked a fierce debate on the Internet and other media, which some commentators saw as a evidence of the shallowness and even the total collapse of the Republican Party: If the discussion centers on permissible methods of addressing women after a debate intended to allow a candidate to emerge who could be leader of the world's greatest power, all is really not well.

 

Such comments aren't exactly fair, since Trump could just as well have happened to the Democratic Party. Only a few years ago he supported the right to an abortion. During the debate he praised the Canadian health care system - despised by American conservatives because it provides health care to everyone, even the poorest. It seems Trump has no fixed views, choosing to attach himself to the Republicans simply because his chances of winning the Democratic nomination would be close to zero (Hillary Clinton is their favorite).

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Rather, if rudeness and boundless and immaculate vulgarity so easily lead to success, something must be wrong with the whole of American democracy. One consolation is that Trump's star is now likely to implode, even if during the debate he fared rather well, i.e.: he answered questions arrogantly and insolently with a roguish charm that, seasoned with billions of dollars, is attractive to right-leaning voters. After the debate, however, he lost his composure and performed political harakiri. First, in a vindictive fit, he re-Tweeted someone calling Megyn Kelly a "bimbo." Then he suggested that her aggressive questioning was due to her period ("blood was coming out of her eyes, and from her whatever"). On Saturday, a conservative forum in Atlanta disinvited Trump and voices appeared on the right questioning his suitability for the post he is vying for. There are things, it appears, unbefitting even a billionaire.

 

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[Posted by Worldmeets.US Aug. 14, 1:39pm]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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