It's not Trump's fault he's popular. After all, archetypes are merely reflections of culture. We need folk characters to help us make sense of our surroundings, our values, and our anxieties. By being loud and obnoxious and by having no allegiance to anything resembling the truth, Trump is the perfect personification of politics today.
John E. Price, Huffington Post
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07/17/2015 | When I was 16, my aunt bought me the new Donald Trump book. It was full of empty anecdotes and meaningless solutions to nonexistent problems. I think I used it as a doorstop for a while (sorry, Aunt Dee). I guess I never really took "The Donald" seriously. In my eyes, he's just an archetype: the charlatan, the swindler, the man whose entire identity is mindless narcissism. Snake-oil salesmen don't care about the "facts" or "truth," they only care about the next con, the next source of income and fame. That's Trump's entire past: whether it's business, sports, or his TV shows. And like any good profiteer, he knows it!
So it has come as no surprise to me that the man who uses illegal immigrant labor while milking legal loopholes is now "running for President" on the backs of those very laborers and those very loopholes. Every Trump-related headline can be shortened to: "Blowhard says blowhard thing (video at 11)."
John E. Price, Folklorist. Golfer. Baseball cap enthusiast.
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