Trump’s faux Presidential address cum campaign rally was so out of touch with the “real world,” it could only be characterized as “Bizarro.”
I’m sure most of you remember the Seinfeld episode called, “The Bizarro Jerry.” It’s the one in which Elaine breaks up with her boyfriend Kevin and they decide to “just be friends.” As Kevin starts becoming a much more reliable friend than Jerry. Jerry suggests to Elaine that Kevin is “Bizarro Jerry”, explaining the comic book concept of “Bizarro World.” And as Kevin’s friends, Gene and Feldman enter the picture, they become Bizarro versions of George and Kramer, respectively.
Of course, if none of this rings a bell, and because every Seinfeld episode had two or three different, memorable plot lines, “The Bizarro Jerry” episode also included Jerry’s girl friend, Gillian, the one with “man hands,” and Kramer being fired from a job for which he was never hired at a company called Brandt/Leland, where he was “TCB – you know, taking care of business!”
Ah, now you remember.
Now, you might be asking, “Why is he bringing up a Seinfeld episode? What’s the point?”
“The Bizarro Jerry” episode created an alternative reality in the lives of the characters. At Mt. Rushmore yesterday, Donald Trump created an alternative reality in the lives of Americans, a bizarreness in him that incredibly, we’ve never seen to this extent before. Yesterday, Donald Trump officially became “Bizarro Donald.”
As I read the reports of Trump’s 4th of July “campaign rally disguised as a Presidential address,” I couldn’t help thinking of just one thing – “The Bizarro Jerry” and “Bizarro World.” (Full disclosure, I did not…actually could not…watch the Mt. Rushmore event. So this entire column is relying on reports from the lame stream, ultra-left, fake media. If, based on my sources, I am misrepresenting anything, or you think this is a hoax, please let me know.)
First, let’s get the obvious out of the way.
- The rally was held at Mt. Rushmore, the monument depicting four former American presidents, who, (yes, even Lincoln), have some culpability in America’s original sins (yes, sins – not only the sin of slavery but the sin against Native Americans… stealing their land and engaging in their genocide). Adding insult to injury, the monument’s sculptor, Gutzon Borglum was deeply involved with the Ku Klux Klan. Not exactly the image you want to project at this time of Black Lives Matter and intense national self-scrutiny.
- Trump demanded that there be a fireworks display at the rally, ignoring the fact that rampant and devastating wild fires have been ravaging the West in this era of climate change and global warming. This was the first fireworks display in the area in over a decade or since some people became more cognizant of global warming. But not, of course, Donald and his ilk.
- The crowd that gathered cheek to jowl for the event, as well as the Trump family and other dignitaries attending (including South Dakota’s two Republican senators) were largely sans-masks, despite Federal medical advisors’ guidelines that masks should be worn at large gatherings and when social distancing is impossible.
OK, now that I’ve gotten the disgraceful choice of venue, the dangerous fireworks and the disregard of the fact that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, which is getting worse because of this president, and which, despite the fact that it is the biggest crisis facing the nation today, was not addressed, let’s get back to “Bizarro World.”
Here are some cogent thoughts from the President of the United State as he commemorated American independence from the England in an address that was ostensibly directed to all Americans.
- “…there is a “new far-left fascism” seeking to wipe out the nation’s values and history…and a ‘left-wing cultural revolution’
- “Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children”
- “Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities.”
- “We will not be tyrannized, we will not be demeaned, and we will not be intimidated by bad, evil people”
- “The radical ideology attacking our country advances under the banner of social justice. But in truth, it would demolish both justice and society. It would transform justice into an instrument of division and vengeance and turn our free society into a place of repression, domination and exclusion. They want to silence us, but we will not be silenced.”
- “…angry mobs” were unleashing “a wave of violent crime” and using “cancel culture” as a weapon to intimidate and dominate political opponents — in what he compared to “totalitarianism.”
- “…children are taught in school to hate their own country and to believe the men and women who built it were not heroes but villains.”
- “This radical view of American history is a web of lies.”
- “They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive. But no, the American people are strong and proud, and they will not allow our country and all of its values, history and culture to be taken from them.”
I could go on, but I’m getting ill thinking that these are quotes and ideas from the sitting president of the United States to the ENTIRE nation. A president who uses “We” and “They” but never uses “Us.” A president who invokes the First Amendment but apparently believes it only applies to “his good people” not the the “radical left, villains and tyrannizers” who don’t agree with him and his “values.” This was a speech that Joseph Goebbels would have been proud to pen.
If this isn’t “Bizarro World” and he isn’t “Bizarro Donald,” I don’t know what or who is.