The US presidents digital outbursts increasingly read like hes building up a credible insanity defence
So are we heading for a Mad Max-style future? I dont think so. After having lived through Donald Trump well surely just call him Max. Trump is behaving so strangely, were probably about a month away from not being allowed to make jokes about him. Hes gone past Charlie Sheen and were now entering the bald Britney phase. Its hard to imagine how America can go back to having a normal president after this. The next president will have to be a car with guns for wheels. After Trump, a Saturday Night Live sketch about Mike Pence would look like something by Samuel Beckett.
Trump is sort of like Father Dougal killed a man, so is wearing Father Jack as a disguise. He looks like the image burned into your retina should you watch a completely normal man burst into flames. Even on an HDTV he looks like a sixth generation VHS recording. A president with the temperament of a wasp thats spent 40 minutes on musical hold, his Twitter feed reads like hes building up a credible insanity defence for when hes finally impeached. Its not just that he lives on Twitter, he embodies it: digressive, petty, trivial, poisonous and self-aggrandising. He basically speaks like a totally random stream of tweets. One minute hes on Mexicans, then hes talking about his shoes, then a threat, then a joke about a cat.
Last week he held a rally in Phoenix, Arizona possibly because he thought hed blend in to a state that is orange, desolate and has a cavernous gap in its heart so huge, people travel the world just to gasp and cry. Phoenix is best known for the song By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Shell Be Rising), in this case referring to Lilitu the she-demon of the apocalypse. Trump delivered one of his random rightwing word collages in front of a crowd who if they were any whiter would have had carrots for noses.
Imagine standing up in Arizona and talking about preserving white culture: a state so recently colonised that the dry cleaners still offer a smallpox cleansing service. White guys have only been in Arizona for 150 years thats not even enough time to fill a Costa loyalty card. Hes literally standing in Apache land, 150 years after their genocide, talking about protecting American culture; standing amid a culture people like him destroyed, talking about building a wall, like Simon Cowell launching the next series of The X Factor in the Cavern Club.
But what else can we expect from Trump he doesnt get his history from reading, he gets it from staring at lumps of stone. A statue to Robert E Lee? If they want to look up to a white guy whos rubbish at attack and cant remember which side hes on, we can send James Milner over there to stand on a box. Arizona is on the Mexican border, meaning his shouting the word WALL goes down very well, especially since they know they can get better quality drugs through their border with Hollywood. People will still try to jump over whatever makeshift fence he finally manages to put up. All Trump is doing is turning America into a giant Glastonbury; theres a headliner no one approves of, but youll still go for Dolly Parton and the van making smoothies.
Obviously, Trumps pivot to Afghanistan is depressing. The only comfort to Trump getting in was that he intended to keep his horrific Armageddon packed tightly within his walled up, hermetically sealed Thunderdome America. I suppose this is the kind of consistency we should expect from someone who cant finish a sentence. Under investigation by the FBI, he is now at war with intelligence in two ways. Its hard to pick out a single low point of the Trump presidency, but it seems like the KKK now feel relaxed enough to march without their hoods. Jews will not replace us!? Looks like if your sister keeps saying no, nobody will mate.
Can we even think of Trump in terms of intent? Arent we then like those shamans who used to project anger on to erupting volcanoes? Maybe Trump is a kind of cry for help from the Earth, a human flare. Or perhaps he has been produced by the Earth to destroy mankind, and his personality is actually natures critique of humanity. How fitting that life on Earth will be extinguished by a reality TV host, over a mediocre golf-club burger at his nuclear winter White House, a kind of 3-star Black Lodge.
The US has always been balanced on uneasy contradictions. Even the constitution promises both the right to freedom of speech and the freedom to have a gun to shoot people who annoy you. Right at the heart of its contradictions are the twin ideas of liberty and enslavement, its founding principles of freedom and but not for everybody.
If I had to guess what was at the forefront of the minds of the American right at the moment, Id say voter suppression. It doesnt matter that the US has a rhetorical attachment to democracy. Through its actions as a state it has long undermined any connection between its stated ideals and its actions. I think the US will now face a long struggle to avoid a slide into totalitarianism, led of course by people calling themselves libertarians.
Frankie Boyles new book Your Guide To Hell (John Murray) is out in October