January 1, 2016

TNR ON DONALD TRUMP AND THE POLITICS OF DISGUST:

Last week, Donald Trump was once again disgusted. Commenting on Hillary Clinton’s awkward bathroom break during the last Democratic debate, he said, “I know where she went, it’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it. No, it’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting, let’s not talk.”

It’s not the first time that Trump has been perturbed by a bodily function. As Frank Bruni noted in his New York Times column, Trump has been publicly disgusted by Marco Rubio’s sweat and by the idea of pumping breast milk. Then there was his notorious comment about Fox News host Megyn Kelly, in which he conveyed an almost visceral revulsion: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

The Trump campaign has stunned bemused pundits by growing in strength with every controversy and outrageous policy proposal, like banning foreign Muslims from entering the United States. It has finally forced them to admit that his success comes not despite these things, but because of them.

What if disgust is a distinct part of that?

It’s an interesting angle, though I’m not sure if a magazine which in 2013 advised President Obama to roll the tanks in and start shelling the GOP-controlled Congress during the fall budget sequester is the best publication to be proffering it.

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Related: David Gelernter asks “What Explains the Vicious Left? When politics becomes a religion, nonbelievers must be punished.”

TNR apparently prefers the T-34 tank to get the job done.

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