Friday, 7 July 2017

Trump l'oeil

How delicious.
This is a 1989 Doonesbury cartoon.  Note the "Trump l'oeil" in the last panel.  I'm guessing that this is the first use of this clever play on words  - referencing of course the term trompe l'oeil.  Things that seem to be things, but are not. For example, murals that fool us into thinking that there's a window there, when it's just the painting of a window.
Banksy does many clever trompe l'oeils (trompes l'oeil?)
Thus Trump l'oeil.  Trump has fooled us -- or fooled enough Americans -- into thinking he is things that he's not.  For example:
  • That he's a great businessman when he's not.
  • That he's a great negotiator when he's not.
  • That he's a great philanthropist when he's not.
  • That he had the largest inauguration crowds when he didn't.
  • That he "tells it like it is" when he doesn't.
  • That he loves women when he's a misogynist.
  • That he can "repeal and replace Obamacare", when he doesn't know the first thing about Health Care.
  • That he made great achievements in his first 100 days when they were the "worst on record".
  • That he's the president of the United States when he's not.  Scrub that one -- Trump l'oily one is, he really is, the President of the United States.  The ultimate trick on all of us from the tsunami of all that slickery from the oleaginous Donald.