How Donald Trump betrayed Pablo Neruda
By César Chelala
March 18, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - Never
underestimate Donald Trump. Nobody is better than
him in the use of language. Nobody is better than
him in using offensive language. Nobody is better
than him in using language to demolish an opponent.
Like a language’s Picasso, he can paint people’s
portrait (or what he wants other people to see as
their portrait) with only a few well-chosen words.
And the world is poorer by this practice that always
destroys, never constructs.
His tactic is to always mock his opponents, never to
confront them with facts and figures. And this is
what he did during the whole Democratic campaign to
choose a candidate for president. In May 2019, at a
liquefied natural gas facility near Lake Charles,
La. he said, referring to former Vice President Joe
Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Rep. Beto
O’Rourke, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth
Warren, « Boy, you got some beauties there. Three
hundred fifty million people and that’s the best we
can do. I don’t think so, » he concluded, with his
Mayor Buttigieg’s name he mocked as sounding «
Boot-edge-edge » to the loud approval of his
supporters. And we all remember how he mocked Sen.
Elizabeth Warren about her Native American heritage
by calling her « Pocahontas », leading her to have a
DNA test to prove her ancestry. And in case
Pocahontas wasn’t enough, when she entered the race
for presidential candidate he referred to her as the
« goofy Elizabeth Warren ».
Bernie Sanders was a frequent target of his scorn.
During the 2016 Democratic primary, he enjoyed
watching the confrontation between Sanders and
Hillary Clinton, for whom he feels a particular
disdain. On May 11, 2016, he Tweeted, « I don’t want
to hit Crazy Bernie Sanders too hard yet because I
love watching what he is doing to Crooked Hillary.
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