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The emperor has no clothes – and no wall to hide behind

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11.01.2019

Commentary. The 10-minute speech delivered from the White House during primetime on Tuesday only served to show everyone that the would-be emperor has no clothes, a fact that becomes most obvious when he tries to play his assigned role in a classic institutional format, such as an address to the nation.

written by Guido Moltedo

Topic U.S. Politics

January 11, 2019

It was Donald Trump Jr. who made the most newsworthy statement yesterday, in an ill-thought-out attempt to hold the line on behalf of his boorish dad, one day after the latter’s first address to the nation from the Oval Office, which was supposed to show something of the long-awaited presidential turn in the antics of the unpredictable president, if only for media purposes.

The efforts of both father and son turned into fiascos. Echoing his dad’s many shocking displays of dehumanization of immigrants, Don Jr. managed to sum up the whole “philosophy” behind Trump’s anti-immigrant wall at the border with Mexico: “Do you know why you can enjoy a day at the zoo? Because walls work.” Thus, he implicitly compared immigrants to animals which need to be kept in their cages. The previous evening, the ten-minute speech delivered from the White House during primetime only served to show everyone that the would-be emperor has no clothes, a fact that becomes most obvious when he tries to play his assigned role in a classic institutional format,........

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