From worse to verse: ‘Donald Trump Speaks,’ the world listens

The Donald trumps Trump, doubles down on notorious John McCain diss, never looks back. Straight political shooting, or shooting in the foot? Our poet comments.

Donald Trump caricature.
Donald Trump caricature adapted from Gage Skidmore's flickr photostream by Donkey Hotey, CC 2.0 license)

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2015 – Donald Trump, aka “The Donald,” sure knows how to grab a headline. The controversial Republican presidential candidate recently fired another political salvo, this time dissing John McCain, Arizona’s frequently RINO (Republican In Name Only) U.S. Senator and pooh-poohing his well-known Vietnam War record.

Jumped on by a media eager for a fresh Republican scandal du jour, Trump—not yet content with the growing brouhaha—remained defiant, according to Deadline:

“Donald Trump this morning refused to apologize for his comments characterizing John McCain as ‘not a war hero.’ When Martha Redcats asked Trump on ABC’s This Week whether Trump thought he owed John McCain an apology, he replied ‘No, not at all.’

“‘I will say what I want to say, and maybe that’s why I’m leading in the polls because people are tired of hearing politicians and pollsters telling the politicians exactly what to say,’ Trump told Redcats the day after Trump made his comments about McCain while speaking to a conference of religious conservatives in Iowa.”

CDN’s poet-in-residence ponders the politics of meaning:


Donald Trump Speaks. Again.

“I put my foot into my mouth. I like the taste of leather;
it separates my partisans from friends who are fair weather.
If you can’t stomach my remarks, don’t vote for me, that’s all.
Your President should be a man, and not a paper doll.
And if I need a diplomat or other kind of bore,
I’ll hire him wholesale from the closest Dollar Store.”

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