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Mark Twain’s Take On Donald Trump

July 2, 2017

Simply a brilliant column.  Read it all here.

It’s a classic chapter in one of America’s iconic novels, the pages in “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in which the two Mississippi River rascals dupe a one-horse Arkansas town into ponying up admission for their brief and bawdy comedy. “The Royal Nonesuch” consists of nothing but an overdrawn introduction from one grifter, followed by the other scampering around in naught but body paint, and an abrupt curtain drop.

The flimflam farce stands as apt allegory for the age of Trump — except that Mark Twain’s townsmen soon catch on to the con, whereas the Trumpkins haven’t been quite as quick on the uptake.

After watching as the Mississippi River grifters “fairly laughed their bones loose over the way they’d served them people,” Huck counsels a fed-up Jim that “we’ve got them on our hands, and we got to remember what they are, and make allowances.”

We’ve certainly got Trump on our hands for a few more years. But in this case, voters need to remember not just who he is, but also how he’s deceived them — and stop making allowances.

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