Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The unforgiving minute: In which Trump has his Wittgenstein moment

And I bet you won't see that headline anywhere else this week.

Everyone, to the consternation of The Short-Fingered Vulgarian, noticed over the weekend that, once again, he got an endorsement from white supremicists and conspicuously failed to distance himself from it.

This time it was much harder plausibly to ignore than the attaboys of the small-potatoes white supremicists he's picked up so far. No, this time it was a boost from former KKK grand wizard and hitherto GOP pariah David Duke. True, Trump was lying when he claimed to have no knowledge of Duke or his connections, but then no one believed him on that one anyway, so the joke's on him.

But he did promise that he'd do some research and find out who this Duke person was, and what this whole Ku Klux Klan thing was all about. So perhaps there's reason for hope. Perhaps he'll also take time out from his busy schedule to learn more about Mexicans immigration, muslims, 2000 mile-long walls, health care reform, international treaties, tax codes, and First Amendment protections for journalism.

Trump, like the ruling dynasty in North Korea, has done everything, broken every record, conquered all peaks, and so on, so no doubt he's read Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus in the original German; I present the common English translation of his seventh proposition here:
What can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence.
From Wittgenstein's lips to your ears, Mr. Trump. 

Minute's up.

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