There was a presidential debate this week, a once-in-a-lifetime rhetorical event. I won’t go into detail because historians and pundits are flooding the airwaves already. Let me just say, the word “logorrhea” underwent a 56,000% increase in lookups on Tuesday, as in, “The president’s debate performance was a sewage pit of logorrhea.” Linguistic enthusiasts might notice the suffix “-rhea,” as in “diarrhea.” You could also call it “circumlocution, wordiness, periphrasis, prolixity, verboseness,” or any other thesaurus synonym. Or bullsh**. You could call it bullsh**. Trump has an advantage that almost no one else in politics can match: his ability to be COMPLETELY unethical and amoral. It’s a universal advantage he maintains because other human beings who aren’t ax-murderers have a rhetorical bottom below which they will not sink. One of VP Mike Pence’s former top aides and covid task force member, a lifelong Republican, says the president is killing Americans needlessly to be reelected. She could be a swamp monster. She could be a deep-stater, willing to destroy her career to keep the Democrat child sex ring operating. But even Howard Stern says Donald hates his supporters. No swamp monster or deep-stater there. TRUMP TO PROUD BOYS: “Stand back and stand by.” PROUD BOYS TO TRUMP: “That’s my president!” (scroll down for full article)
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“PANDEMIC: U.S. Has 4.2% of World Population, 21% of World COVID-19 Deaths” (10/1/2020)
“PANDEMIC: U.S./World: 7.2M/34M Cases; 207K/1M Deaths; 8:07 a.m. ET” (10/1/2020)
“PANDEMIC: Conservatively Estimated Trump Malfeasance Deaths This Week: 2,522” (10/1/2020)
2/06/2020 — U.S.: 1 | World: 620
3/05/2020 — U.S.: 12 | World: 3,293
4/02/2020 — U.S.: 5,137 | World: 48,284
5/07/2020 — U.S.: 73,431 | World: 264,189
6/04/2020 — U.S.: 107,175 | World: 386,464
7/02/2020 — U.S.: 128,062 | World: 516,726
8/06/2020 — U.S.: 158,268 | World: 708,278
9/03/2020 — U.S.: 185,752 | World: 863,577
10/1/2020 — U.S.: 206,963 | World: 1,014,958
(COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University; approximately 8 a.m. each day)
10/1/2020 — Conservatively Estimated Trump Malfeasance Deaths: 103,483 (50% of total U.S. deaths)
(Redlener, Irwin, MD, Columbia University National Center for Disaster Preparedness director; MSNBC’s Deadline: White House; 10/1/2020.) (Gupta, Vin, MD, MPA, MSc, University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation professor, global health policy expert; “Dr. Vin Gupta: 70% of Lives Could Have Been Saved if Trump Acted on COVID-19 Earlier”; MSNBC.com; 9/23/2020.) (Glanz, James & Robertson, Campbell; “Lockdown Delays Cost at Least 36,000 Lives, [Columbia University] Data Show”; The New York Times; 5/20/2020.) (as conservatively extrapolated from COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University; 10/1/2020.)
The United States accounts for 4.2% of Earth’s population, 21% of world COVID-19 deaths.
There was a presidential debate Tuesday night. It was a once-in-a-lifetime political, rhetorical event. I won’t go into detail here because historians and pundits already are flooding the airwaves and will be writing books and treatises about it, analyzing it for the next few years.
Let me just say, the word logorrhea underwent a 56,000% increase in lookups on September 29, 2020. Describing the president’s debate performance, Rachel Maddow said this:
“A monstrous unintelligible display of logorrhea that has nothing to do with any idea of civic discourse.”
(Maddow, Rachel, Ph.D., news anchor; MSNBC’s Debate Analysis; 9/29/2020.)
“logorrhea: excessive and often incoherent talkativeness or wordiness”
(“logorrhea”; Merriam-Webster.com; retrieved 9/30/2020.)
Linguistic enthusiasts might notice the suffix “-rhea,” as in “diarrhea.” My ninth grade gym teacher would characterize it as: Trump had a bad case of “diarrhea of the mouth.” Logorrhea.
You could also call it “circumlocution, diffuseness, diffusion, garrulity, garrulousness, long-windedness, periphrasis, prolixity, redundancy, verbalism, verboseness, verbosity, windiness,” or any of the other synonyms listed in Merriam-Webster‘s thesaurus.
Or bullsh**. You could call it bullsh**. From a quintessential a**hole.
Oh, hell, I’ve got to mention some observations:
— The vast majority of political experts have determined Donald’s performance was the most egregious display of presidential (anti-)decorum in U.S. history, on a debate stage or elsewhere. It brought monumental shame and embarrassment to America on the world stage.
— President Trump grotesquely abused the debate format, moderator, and his opponent. He refused to debate within the common understanding of the term, choosing not to follow agreed-upon rules and chronically interrupting Joe Biden and the moderator, Chris Wallace. He talked over both and rarely addressed the topic at hand. He reiterated his greatest (mendacious) hits with the force of a vein-busting, hellfire-threatening preacher at a megachurch.
— His behavior was so disturbing that fact-checking this colossal fabulist took a backseat to a national discussion of how he’s broken the presidential election process, the presidency, and America’s world standing.
— Trump mocked Joe Biden, again, for wearing a mask while participating in controlling the pandemic, then mocked the way Biden looked in a mask.
— Trump exhorted his supporters to overwhelm polling places, ostensibly as “poll-watchers” for fairness but in reality to intimidate voters and suppress the minority vote. He again refused to say he would accept the election results, instead averring his clear intention to use the Supreme Court — including his pending illegitimate nominee — to disqualify millions of legal ballots, thereby ensuring his victory.
— When asked by the moderator if he would, “here and now,” denounce white supremacist groups such as the Proud Boys, Trump hesitated, stumbled, and finally said they should “Stand back and stand by — but antifa!” He would not denounce white supremacy. And he clearly threatened violence upon the country, to be perpetrated by his gun-toting white supremacist brethren, if he lost the election through legitimate means, i.e., the vote.
— The day after the debate, a Proud Boys leader wrote on the group’s websites: “That’s my president!” The organization immediately began using Trump’s slogan, “Stand back and stand by,” as a recruiting tool and merchandizing opportunity. At a day-after-the-debate press conference, given a chance to clarify his debate remarks, Donald again refused to condemn white supremacist groups and denied knowing who the Proud Boys are.
For more information on how the debate went down, see every newspaper and media site on Earth, with a slew of books to follow.
President Trump has created for himself an advantage that almost no one else in politics can match: his ability to be completely unethical and amoral. This is not hyperbole. It’s a near-universal advantage he maintains because other human beings who aren’t ax-murderers have a rhetorical bottom below which they will not sink.
Donald has no such limitations. Even Newt Gingrich says he’s a liar. Even Mitt Romney says Trump is an inveterate and invertebrate flip-flopper. Even Ted Cruz says he’s dishonest and ought to leave Ted’s wife alone. Even Lindsay Graham has called The Donald “a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot … a nut … a kook … unfit for office.” Even Triumph the Insult Comedy Dog says Trump uses too many school-yard insults and demeaning nicknames.
We all know about the dangers of a cornered rat. Currently, this orange rodent (of the class: Manhattan Mammalia, order: Mar-a-Lago Rodentia) has had his taxes exposed to show he’s a failed businessman who has paid $0 in federal taxes for 10 of the past 15 years, paid $750 federal tax in 2016 and 2017, and incurred over $400 million in personal debt coming due within the next four years. He’s been exposed — on tape — as having known in February that the coronavirus would be staggeringly deadly but choosing to take grossly inadequate actions to protect the country because he feared too much acknowledgement, let alone, life-saving precautions, would harm the economy and hurt his reelection chances.
He’s disparaged numerous U.S. military leaders and heroes in despicable terms. He’s been exposed as having called fighting men and women killed or injured in battle as “losers” and “suckers.” He extorted Ukraine for dirt on a political rival, as most of the GOP has conceded. He sought, encouraged, accepted, and used Russian dirt against another political rival, then obstructed justice to cover it up, as summarized by a Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee. He’s under multiple criminal investigations that will turn into indictments once he’s out of office, hence the cornered-rat efforts to remain in office.
And he’s got the worst comb-over in cosmetic history. Who does he think he’s kidding? It’s insulting.
The Biden presidential campaign has not sought my advice for debate prep. If they do, I will tell Joe to rotate these responses every time Donald tries to make a mendacious, disgusting point:
“I don’t kill Americans with pandemic inaction. $750.”
“Veterans’ cemeteries: Not suckers and losers. $750.”
“I don’t kill children by sending them to school during a pandemic. $750.”
“Failed businessman. $400 million in debt. Show us your taxes. $750.”
“I’m not trying to take away health care for millions during a pandemic. $750.”
“Do we really want another four years of this? Oh, by the way: $750.”
Perhaps the most telling quote we have from Donald is this revealing aside:
“Maybe this virus is a good thing. I don’t have to shake hands with those disgusting people [rally supporters].”
(Trump, Donald, R-Fla., U.S. president; White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting; spring, 2020.)
This was reported by former top aide to Vice President Mike Pence and White House Coronavirus Task Force member Olivia Troye. Ms. Troye is a lifelong Republican whose conscience forced her to resign from the task force in July and go public with the information that President Trump has based every task force-related decision on ensuring his reelection rather than saving American lives.
In a cult, the cult members are the last ones to know their leader despises them, looks down on them. Radio host and Trump friend Howard Stern famously tried to alert Trump supporters, MAGA cult members:
“The oddity in all of this is the people Trump despises most, love him the most. The people who are voting for Trump for the most part … he wouldn’t even let them in [his] f***ing hotel. He’d be disgusted by them. [Trump supporters, g]o to Mar-a-Lago, see if there’s any people who look like you. I’m talking to you in the audience. … I don’t hate Donald. I hate you for voting for him, for not having intelligence.”
(Stern, Howard; SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show; 5/12/2020.)
C’mon, man. One of VP Mike Pence’s top aides, a lifelong Republican, says the president is killing Americans needlessly so he can be reelected to avoid criminal indictment. It’s possible Olivia Troye could be one more GOP member who’s had her leg grabbed by the submerged swamp monster and hauled in. Yeah, she could be a deep-stater, willing to destroy her career to keep the Democrat child sex ring operating.
But this is Howard Stern telling you. No swamp monster there. No deep-stater there.
“Stand back and stand by.” “That’s my president.” ■
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