No matter what ludicrous charge Trump makes, the entire political system reacts as though it might be true. If tomorrow the president said that “Robert Mueller” never existed and the person claiming to be him is actually Nancy Pelosi in elaborate makeup, we’d all find ourselves debating whether Mueller is a real person while House Republicans angrily demand that he produce a DNA sample. …
At this point, Trump has earned the presumption that everything he says on the topic of the Russia investigation is offered in bad faith and is almost certainly false, until proved otherwise. So we should treat his statements the way we do press releases from the North Korean state news agency. They may be newsworthy in that they show what the regime would like people to believe, but we don’t assume that they have any relationship to actual facts. When they claim that Kim Jong Un could drive at age 3 and win yacht races at age 9, or that his father Kim Jong Il wrote 1,500 books while at university and once sank 11 holes-in-one in a single round of golf, we don’t set about to determine whether they’re true.
And why shouldn’t we chuckle, I ask you?
Props to Vasari for calling my attention to the history of the word “dotard.”
Very interesting stuff.
Poisonally, I think the most interesting point is that the word is correctly pronounced DOE TURD.
On a related matter, I think we need to help the Dear Leader out here. If you’re listening, Comrade Kim, you might want to take note of what George Smathers said of his opponent Claude Pepper in the Florida Senate election of 1950:
Are you aware that Claude Pepper is known all over Washington as a shameless extrovert? Not only that, but this man is reliably reported to practice nepotism with his sister-in-law, and he has a sister who was once a thespian in wicked New York. Worst of all, it is an established fact that Mr. Pepper, before his marriage, habitually practiced celibacy.
Lastly, I hope you all are aware of the valuable contribution of someone named Mark Dice—described as a “conservative media analyst”—who tweeted “liberals are now siding with North Korea after he called Trump a #dotard (meaning an old, senile person). That figures. Liberals hate us.”
Well, Mr. Dice, if the foo shits, wear it.