Make Donald Drumpf Again
March 7, 2016
Donald Trump’s followers don’t primarily support him because of his positions on the issues. If their priority were immigration enforcement, they would all be for Ted Cruz. Trump’s stated positions appear to move to and fro according to what he considers to be to his personal advantage at any given moment. This is both why Trump must be stopped and why it is so difficult to stop him. (How can you rationally argue his supporters out of positions they did not adopt rationally in the first place?)
Rather than his policy positions, Trump’s real political strength appears to be, well, strength, or at least alpha-male posturing. We know he must be a great winner, for he has told us so himself; as if further to reassure himself and us, he also tirelessly belittles and mocks all his rivals.
In this context, mocking and belittling Trump is not only fair game; it may well be the only thing that can stop him. To that end, John Oliver suggests that we demote Trump to “Drumpf”, an ancestral form of his family name from the old country. (See this vulgar but funny twenty-minute segment of Oliver’s TV show.)
The New York Times asks, “Donald Drumpf: A Funny Label, but Is It Fair?”
Despite mistaken impressions, Mr. Trump and his recent relatives had nothing to do with the surname change.
Understood: The name didn’t change when a grandfather came through Ellis Island, it changed in Germany more than 300 years ago. But that doesn’t change the answer to the Times’ question.
Not only is belittling Trump fair; it may well be the only thing that can stop him.