Trump needs a long beard
Trump well and truly caught himself out being interviewed by Bob Woodward—on tape. He couldn’t deny what he had said about the ‘light-touch’ flu known as Covid-19, merely suggesting afterwards that he was seeking to avoid causing panic. This is as close as we are going to get, I suspect, to the humbling of this humble President. He couldn’t of course give a flying f*ck whether there was panic or not, and since no other nation has experienced Covid ‘panic’ his whistling in the wind reveals his specious argument. But the man is blessed, and he is still, I understand, strongly supported by the Christian right. To understand this, and the way people understand facts, I was taken by this sentence in the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church: ‘Christian philosophers have often held that a sharp distinction must be drawn between ‘truths of reason’ and ‘truths of revelation.’ These different forms of truth underpin the ‘alternative facts’ theology of Trump’s divine mission. His messianic mission is borne aloft by revelation, and in this sense he is on a par with biblical prophesiers, whose truths could never be tested. Make our tribe great again is as old as the hills. How we’ve moved on.
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