The myth Trump wants to perpetuate – the warrior leader as a physical specimen of manly strength was deflated pretty quickly Monday night, as quickly as his lungs deflated causing him to gasp for breath.
He wanted to emerge from the helicopter the Conquerer of COVID, returning victorious to the White House after his brief stay at Walter Reed Hospital. Wanting to project machismo, Trump appeared in full makeup, his brass hair freshly coiffed. Nothing shouts virility like orange foundation spackled on a face.
Ripping off his cloth mask in a gesture of macho defiance, Trump mocked any protocol for a COVID 19 infected patient. Science is for sissies. And suckers
Pumped up with enough steroids as an Olympic Russian athlete, Trump’s Mock Mussolini impersonation was more Looney Tunes cartoon dictator, a pathetic last gasp ( literally ) for a failed president and a failed man.
Hero or Loser
Trump envisions himself as an American hero.
A warrior. Virile, courageous, selfless. Someone with lasting cultural implications.
An Abraham Lincoln or General Eisenhower. Standing on the White House Truman Balcony at twilight he seemed less Lion King than a pathetic, sick, man. Sick in mind and body, this Looney Tunes dictator with his chest dramatically puffed out not in pride but in gasping for air.
Trump never has nor will he ever be an American hero.
He will never be added to Mt Rushmore. There will be no monuments or marble statues erected in his honor. A hero is distinguished by his achievements. A hero is someone who does not consciously think of himself during an emergency situation or crisis.
The hero is a big man, the celebrity is a big name.
At best Trump was a third-rate celebrity known by his manufactured image and brand. That brand concocted of smoke and mirrors will smolder in the ash heap of history. This self-styled golden boy forever tarnished.
America Needs Help STAT
But there was also a deep sense of shame in bearing witness to this travesty on the balcony of the Peoples House.
The state of our nation, the decline of America was revealed for all to see in Trump’s stunt balcony performance. Our country is unrecognizable. We have long been complacent, taking our system of democracy for granted leaving us vulnerable and susceptible to this virus that has infected us, weakened us, disfigured us. The virus is Donald Trump. The virus is in full infection mode now.
We had been on a slow trajectory of decline shifting from a country of ideals to one celebrating images and illusions. How fitting that our pseudo president should have been plucked from the world of reality TV, a failed businessman repackaged and repurposed as an ideal.
The health of our nation is close to being on life support even if Trump delusionally insists he has never felt better. Just like a real macho man.
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