The great showman Donald Trump may have thought the RNC was The Greatest Show on Earth but it actually had more in common with P.T. Barnum than he realized.
It was a freaking Freak Show.
That great huckster P.T. Barnum specialized in displaying odd and intriguing attractions at his American Museum and his circus sideshows, drawing huge crowds to exploit abnormalities in humans billed as The Greatest Presentation of Living Human Curiosities.
In 1840 P.T. Barnum opened the American Museum on lower Broadway in NYC where for a dime amidst a treasure trove of exhibitions, the public could ooh and ahh at people considered oddities.
Barnum’s freak show featured dwarves, albinos, bearded ladies, 4 legged girls, Siamese Twins, and all sorts of disabilities and anomalies who found fame in front of rapt crowds. Like Trump supporters who catapulted a charlatan into the White House four years ago, the crowds ate it up, proving, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”
Given names like “The Human Skeleton,” The “What is it?,” “The Human Caterpillar,” and “The Wild Men of Borneo,” this cemented Barnum’s reputation as one of the great freak showmen.
Well, stand aside, Phineas, Donald, and the Republicans have their own freak show. Unleashed and in full display this group of pop-eyed human abnormalities were hopped up on drugs, popping Adderrall as though they were Altoids.
Trump’s circus had its own “Greatest Presentation of Living Human Curiosities:”
See the heavily botoxed women whose facial muscles never move.
Watch in astonishment as “The Screeching Wild Lady of Puerto Rico” whose malformed triple larynx magnifies her voice so it is heard continents away.
Gaze in disbelief at “The Two-Faced Woman” Nikky Hailey, the woman born without a soul.
Observe in wonder as “Desperate Daughter Tiffany” turns into her very own sister right before your eyes, miraculously imitating her body language, voice, and syntax, desperate for daddie’s attention.
Be amazed by the “Christian Conjoined Twins,” Mike and Mother Pence. Watch in wonderment as they navigate life and lunches joined at the hip.
Barnum’s “Living Skeleton” was no match for Mitch McConnell, “The Turtle Man” born without a spine. Watch as this spineless creature hides in his shell for weeks on end.
This is just a mere sampling of the human oddities seen at the RNC
But the greatest attraction at the RNC was Donald Trump himself. Viewers could gape in horror at the “Presidential Pinhead, the What is It?” born with an underdeveloped brain.
Much like Barnum’s “Zip the What is It Pinhead” who the showman claimed “was the missing link of evolution between man and ape,” the RNC’s “Presidential Pinhead” screeches and only speaks gibberish. Barnum put his Pinhead in a large cage and when the curtain was pulled back he would yell and shake the bars.
We can only hope a cage awaits the RNC’s Presidential Pinhead.
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