Monday, October 8, 2018

Literary Corner: Women. Women. Women.

Panel from Edward Armitage, A Dream of Fair Women, 1870s, via ArtUK.

A Tremendous Number of Women
by Donald J. Trump

The people that spoke to me most vocif—
really in the strongest of terms in his favor
were women. Women. Women were outraged
at what happened to Brett Kavanaugh, outraged,
and I think that’s a total misnomer because
the women, I feel, were in many ways stronger
than the men in his favor. So you have
a lot of women that are extremely happy.
A tremendous number of women. Because
they’re thinking of their sons, they’re thinking
of their husbands and their brothers, their uncles,
and others. And women are I think extremely happy.
A lot of the voices clamoring inside the president's head this week seem to have been voices of women, for some reason. Mrs. Trump was out of town, and the "violent mobs" terrifying the timid Senators as they voted (50-48) to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to a seat on the Supreme Court were  mostly female, experienced as a band of frenzied Maenads—

—so maybe it's some kind of reaction to that, but there's something enchanting about this tribute to the imaginary women in his life and their generosity, continuing to support him not for their own sake but for that of their men, women who look at somebody like Donald Trump or Brett Kavanaugh and manage to see, beneath the surface rapist or pussy-grabber, the son or brother or uncle (uncle???) of a fellow woman. The tenderness of his diction shows it's really about him.

P.S. Anyone want to guess what Trumpy thinks is the meaning of "misnomer"? 

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