P.J. O’Rourke contemplates Donald Trump’s announcement of his candidacy for the presidency with warm approval.
I, personally, support his candidacy. â€œDemocracy,â€ said H. L. Mencken, â€œis the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.â€ …
Many a candidate for president has fibbed on the subject of his or her economic circumstancesâ€”William Henry â€œborn in a log cabinâ€ Harrison and Hillary â€œdead brokeâ€ Clinton. But Trump will be the first candidate toâ€”like the American legend that he isâ€”tell tall tales about all the money heâ€™s got. Trump is a financial Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and Davey Crockett rolled into one, according to Trump.
If Trumpâ€™s critics donâ€™t think this is typical of modern Americans, they havenâ€™t looked at our online dating profiles.
Also typical of modern Americans is Trumpâ€™s bad taste. True, he doesnâ€™t dress the way the rest of us doâ€”like a nine-year-old in twee T-shirt, bulbous shorts, boob shoes, and league-skunked sports team cap. And Trump doesnâ€™t weigh 300 pounds or have multiple piercings or visible ink. He puts his own individual stamp on gaucherie. And we like it. Weâ€™re a country that cherishes being individuals as much as we cherish being gauche.
Trumpâ€™s suits have a cut and sheen as if they came from the trunk sale of a visiting Bombay tailor staying in a cheap hotel in Trumpâ€™s native Queens and taking a nip between fittings. Trump wears neckties in Outer Borough colors. And, Donald, the end of your necktie belongs up around your belt buckle, not between your knees and your nuts. Trumpâ€™s haircut makes Kim Jong Un laugh.
Americans appreciate bad taste or America wouldnâ€™t look the way America does. And the way America looks is due, in no small part, to buildings Trump built.
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