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The Trump Chorus Line: Parodies on an American Tragedy

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As the officer leaves, Trump shouts: And if you have another one of those phony arrest warrants and are heading over to arrest my sweet brilliant son Donny boy Jr., don't bother. He's now a citizen of North Korea and the North Korean Ambassador to Russia. Yes, dumbbells--diplomatic immunity. I love that guy in North Korea and he loves me. What did you say? Yes, it's true, I take my food taster with me when I dine with Kim. But it's just a friendly gesture so his food taster has someone to relate to. But I trust Rocket Man 100%. I love the guy and he loves me. Of course, I believe what he says. He tells me things strongly, why shouldn't I believe him. You know there are lots of bad dudes who don't like great people like me and Kim and Vlady. And I love North Korea--great place, no fake news. They solved that problem smartly by getting rid of those enemies of the people--the fake press. Everything works 100% better with no fake press.

Michael steps forward: Donald Trump after the presidency.

It's the year 2021. Trump was soundly defeated by his Democratic opponent in 2020. His "base" bitterly complained that he lost because eleven days before the election ten years of Trump's tax returns mysteriously appeared on the internet. In a white rage at the disclosure he demanded that the IRS find and jail the leaker. "Why don't they leak Hillary's thirty thousand emails and Obama's Kenyan birth certificate," he ranted -- and imperiously proclaimed that his personal finances were no business of the public, just as he previously insisted that his secret meeting with America's adversary, Vladimir Putin, was none of the public's business.

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To no one's surprise--except the most brain-addled devoted Trump sycophants--the tax returns showed that in addition to not paying any taxes or making significant contributions to charities he was so over-leveraged and had so many business failures, with losses of more that a billion dollars, that far from being a billionaire or even a millionaire, he was technically bankrupt.

In recent years he kept afloat, and eventually refilled his coffers, by capitalizing on the prestige of the presidency for marketing the family businesses. His White House became a cash cow replica of the shopping network. Oligarchs, lobbyists and other dealmakers inside and outside of governments eagerly paid jacked-up fees at Mar-a-Lago and for stays at the Washington D.C. Trump Hotel, with the expectation of getting access to the President.

After leaving the White House on January 20th Trump is shunned by the media. Even Fox News ignores him. Then the unexpected happens. The publication of two books, authored by highly respected historians, ignites outrage and shame. The first book, Comatose or Crazy? The Strange Era of Republican Lap Dogs unleashes a wave of back-pedaling among Republicans. The second book, The Aphrodisiac of Power: How a Gang of Congressional and Administration Deplorables Trashed the Constitution, Fractured Democracy, and Destroyed America's Standing in the World, whips up a worldwide reaction, with the foreign press and governments.

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In the United States, these best-selling books become required reading in a broad range of disciplines, including law, economics, history, political science, sociology, psychology, and psychiatry. Each one is translated into dozens of languages. The American Psychological Association establishes an annual two-week summer symposium to explore the myriad of baffling issues raised by the two volumes. The theme of the upcoming symposium is "the psychological pathology of the sycophants." The final session will be televised with the expectation of twenty-five million worldwide viewers. The American Psychiatric Association continues to remain silent maintaining that psychiatrists can't say anything about individuals no matter how dangerous they may be unless they stop by for an office visit.

But others do speak out. A cottage industry is launched of filmmakers, writers, entertainers, and academics who produce streams of parodies, in-depth studies, comedies, dramas, and television series about the circus administration of Trump and Company. With Trump's base in retreat, the supporter-sycophants are relentlessly confronted with their condemnations of Trump before he became the Republican candidate in 2016 ("pathological liar, lacking morality, crazy, unfit for the office"-and worse). The media wastes no time pointing out that after Trump became the candidate these sycophants immediately rushed to back him, praise him, hand him the nuclear code, all along failing to condemn or even acknowledge his unstable behavior. Some politicians try to rewrite their biographies, claiming that although they appeared to support Trump they were actually patriots committed to controlling his dangerous excesses. But they are laughed at as reams of film footage and audio interviews scream otherwise.

After polls show a huge dropout of young Christians from organized religion, evangelicals also try to walk back their hypocritical endorsement of Trump by claiming he tricked them. They now condemn his "lying" and "moral depravity." While the evangelicals find God again, no one can find the former fierce supporters of Trump. They go into hiding to avoid brutal questioning by news organizations, pundits, and outraged citizens. Even when they travel abroad they are hounded and must go on the run. At home in the US Donald becomes an outcast. His name is removed from buildings. No one wants to be associated with Trump; relatives change their last names. So many individuals and organizations shun his golf courses and hotels that he is forced to sell them at bargain basement prices. No oligarch rescuers show up for the fire sales, only vulture capitalists.

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The sycophants are so intoxicated by the aphrodisiac of power that they don't have the slightest notion of how they will be excoriated for generations once the Trump administration is gone. And they may have passed the point of no return for waking up.

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You mention excoriation for generations, Perhaps your optimism is warranted. I believe the Trump administration may be the end.

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