If I don’t win. If I don’t win. If I don’t win. If I don’t win. If I don’t win. If I don’t win. Relax, my Alzheimer’s hasn’t finally taken over, and neither has my CRS. These were three separate days, six separate speeches at rallies, and one common statement. Psychologists and Psychiatrists, and all kinds of […]
I am generally not a fan of stories about political ads. “Such and such DESTROYED the other guy in this ad!!! MUST WATCH!!!” Yeah, yeah. The ads are usually good, making a relevant point and possibly irritating their target (especially if it’s Trump, who is insanely easy to ruffle), but no one is “destroyed” by them. This one is different. It’s called “The Snake,” and it is a master class in how to absolutely drop the hammer on a political opponent. There’s no narration; every word comes from either Donald Trump or a news anchor. Check it out. ???? NEW VIDEO Donald Trump and his venomous politics and ideology are un-American. Donald Trump IS The Snake. pic.twitter.com/Ltey4mnEB2 — MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) May 8, 2020 It hits every high note with Trump: his catastrophic failure as a “real estate mogul,” his sexual predations, his depraved interest in his daughter Ivanka, his racism, his simpering pretense at patriotism, his repeated business frauds, his attempts to destroy NATO, his cozy relations with bloody-handed dictators, his attempt to coeerce Ukraine into helping him sabotage the 2020 election, his and his family’s grifting while in the White House, his deliberate sabotage of the federal and state governments’ responses to the COVID-19 crisis, and his attempts to cause the deaths of more Americans from fraudulent and dangerous “medical” treatments for the virus. Structurally, it’s framed around his performance of “The Snake,” a poem that we’ll learn more about in a bit. The ad starts ominously slow and ends on a furious climax of pounding music, whirling graphics, and Trump’s frenzied bellowing of the final lines of the piece. After I watched it the first time, I thought of Trump as one person: Randall Flagg. Like Trump, Flagg giggled while he tore society apart. Trump read the poem, in truncated form, at rallies throughout 2016. (You’re forgiven if you don’t remember. I didn’t either, until this CNN piece from 2017 reminded me.) “The Snake” is about a good-hearted woman who brings a half-frozen snake into her home to save its life. When it thaws, it bites her and causes her death, because that’s his nature. (Think “The Frog and the Scorpion,” or Aespo’s “The Farmer and the Viper.”) As Eli Rosenberg wrote for the Washington Post, “It is a crowd-pleaser, part xenophobic fearmongering, part tale told by Grandpa — “story time with Trump,” as one college supporter” put it. As CNN’s Chris Cillizza explained it, Trump’s grinning recitation of the poem was a: not-subtle allegory for the situation on the border with Mexico and in reference to the Syrian refugee crisis, warning against allowing potential terrorists into the country. […] Trump makes explicit the fact that the snake represents the undocumented workers coming into the country, and the woman is our current U.S. border policy. It’s a striking image: Undocumented workers might look weak and pitiable but, in the end, they will bite you for trying to help. He dredged it up again in 2017, to commemorate his 100th day in office, and has used it several times since then. Ironically, the daughters of the poem’s author have asked Trump to stop using the poem at his rallies. Civil rights activist Oscar Brown Jr. wrote the poem as a song in 1963. (In 1968, it was used in a song by […]
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