First Looks category archive
Charles Blow suggests that, to his sycophants and idolizers, Donald Trump has become a folk hero. He posits that, rather than being blind to his venality, they treasure it. A snippet:
Like (Louisiana Governor Edwin–ed.) Edwards and Bonnie and Clyde and El Chapo, Trump’s Br’er Rabbit-like ability to avert the best attempt by authorities to hold him accountable, at least for a while, only increases the chorus of applause.
Perhaps one of the most popular folk heroes in the world is mythological: Chinese folklore’s Monkey King.
The British Council wrote of his legend:
“Despite his superpowers, at the heart of the Monkey King’s appeal is his human fallibility — he is greedy, selfish, and prone to sudden changes of mood and outbursts of exceptional violence. He defies divine authority, laughs at attempts to be controlled, and leaves chaos in his wake. But we know that there is fundamental good within him. He is the misbehaving child who only needs a firm hand and a sense of purpose to come good.”
How I responded to a request for a political donation via a text:
Me, I do my contributing by mail. For every text I receive requesting a contribution, I will deduct one dollar from my next contribution. Go away.
Fingers-crossed–I haven’t heard for that particular outfit since, and it’s been about a month.