Why do people poke a bear with a stick? Because he reacts (definitely a “he”; lady bears are too polite to do so, and you should be a gentlemen too and not poke them to start with).
As with bears, so with Donald Trump.
Oh, people would still poke him, even if he didn’t react. Recall all the nasty crap people used to say about Ronald Reagan or George W Bush – or to be bi-partisan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. All them, however, considered it to be below the dignity of the presidential office to respond to someone who called them a rapist, a communist, a chimp, or a B-grade actor. Sticks and stones and all that. Plus, when you’re the most powerful person in the world, who cares what some B grade celebrity thinks of you?
Not so Trump, which is why it is even more fun for his enemies on both the left and the right to poke him. Not only will they get a rise out of him, but the fact that they are getting it will make them more famous than they really are (and, in most cases, deserve to be) or if they are already famous, it will give them an extra 15 minutes of free publicity, plus some extra cred amongst the luuvies.
It is all very unseemly, but as I blogged before, Trump is exactly the president that the left deserves.
Take LaVar Ball, the father of one of the three American shoplifting basketballers released by China upon Trump’s intervention.
Trump might be a dill for getting into a name-calling match with LaVar over his lack of gratitude – it is very petulant and unpresidential – but Trump’s behaviour in no way detracts from the fact that LaVar is a douche of the first order. If my son was arrested in a foreign (particularly a non-democratic) country for a crime and was staring down a prison sentence, I would sing hallelujahs to whoever managed to secure his release, regardless of politics. But the fact that he is a moron, did not prevent Mr Ball from getting the equivalent of almost $18 million of free publicity for his sports apparel brand through polluting the media with his semi-coherent opinions. So it pays to be rude. Sad, as Trump would say.
But not every idiot around is so fortunate.
Eminem has recently produced, if that’s the word, a five-minute freestyle rap against Trump. It’s excruciating to watch so do so at your peril.
One of the highlights include the typical leftie disdain for fans who don’t share his politics: “And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his / I’m drawing in the sand a line, you’re either for or against / And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split / On who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this / F**k you.” Not that there would be many Eminem fans who support Trump, but hey, if the big E wants to have even fewer fans, it’s his choice.
But Trump, who normally rises to the pop culture or media bait this time didn’t. And Eminem is furious:
“I was and still am extremely angry,” the “Walk on Water” artist said. “I can’t stand that motherf**ker. I feel like he’s not paying attention to me. I was kind of waiting for him to say something and for some reason, he didn’t say anything.”
Awww, poor baby; daddy doesn’t care you shaved your eyebrows to spite him. Eminem once used to be a significant rapper, but that was a long time ago.
Imagine if Trump was in office in the 2000s, or if W. had the Trumpesque lack of restraint (the social media did not yet exist during most of his presidency anyway). Imagine Trump’s reaction to criticisms from the Dixie Chicks. “Dixie Chicks haven’t had a hit in a long time but they criticise my conduct of war. Patriotic Texans are ashamed of musical has-beens. Sad.”
Sad indeed. All of it.