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100 Days of Gibberish – Trump has Weaponised Nonsense

Lindy West

Tuesday 25 April 2017 08.09 EDT

The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/25/ trump-100-days-gibberish-weaponised-white-house-language-presidency

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With only a week left of his first 100 days in office  traditionally a milestone for American presidents  Donald Trump sat down with the Associated Press to reflect on his accomplishments (sic) and preemptively brag about future ones. This remarkable artefact, a transcript of which AP then released in full, captures, more than any other piece of media (except perhaps Trumps Twitter feed), the unifying ethos of the Trump White House: weaponised nonsense.

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Trump lies relentlessly about his achievements (claiming, for example, that hes mostly there on his 100-day plan, despite appearing not to know what it is), admits he never realised how big a job it is to be president, forgets how many missiles he fired at Syria, even though he got the number right only 17 words earlier, and compares his TV ratings favourably to those for 9/11. In my second favourite moment in the interview  the first being when he inexplicably drops the word hamlets  Trump describes a meeting with Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings:

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Well he said, youll be the greatest president in the history of, but you know what, Ill take that also, but that you could be. But he said, will be the greatest president but I would also accept the other. In other words, if you do your job, but I accept that. Then I watched him interviewed and it was like he never even was here. Its incredible. I watched him interviewed a week later and its like he was never in my office. And you can even say that.

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Cummings remembers the exchange differently, explaining that he told Trump he could be a great president if he stopped doing literally everything that he was doing and started doing other stuff that wasnt horrible instead.

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Whether or not Trump is capable of calculation (and, judging by his largely noun-free syntax in this interview, its debatable), his rhetorical style, untethered from both meaning and reality, serves his agenda well. Language is where we find common ground, where we define ourselves and teach others how to treat us, where we name problems so we can see and fight them. Theres a reason why social justice movements care about things such as pronouns and racial slurs and calling a Nazi a Nazi and saying abortion out loud  its the same reason why rightwingers, Trumpists in particular, are so eager to cast language as a frivolous abstraction and any critique as political correctness.

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Without language, there is no accountability, no standard of truth. If Trump never says anything concrete, he never has to do anything concrete. If Trump never makes a statement of commitment, Trump supporters never have to confront what they really voted for. If his promises are vague to the point of opacity, Trump cannot be criticised for breaking them. If every sloppy lie (ie: Just found out that Obama had my wires tapped in Trump Tower  This is McCarthyism!) can be explained away as a generality or just a joke because of quotes, then he can literally say anything with impunity. Trump can rend immigrant families in the name of heart, destroy healthcare in the name of life, purge minority voters in the name of justice, and roll back womens autonomy in the name of freedom. The constitution? Probably sarcastic. There are quotes all over that thing!

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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