Donald Trump

Trump's Jokes Just Aren't As Funny Anymore

It's always awkward when a jester turns king.

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On the first night of the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump surrounded himself with a handful of regular Americans who have been involved in pandemic response, including a trucker who hauled steel utilized for hospital beds.

"Oh wow, that's fantastic. Well, congratulations. I love the truckers. They're on my side," Trump ad-libbed. The conversation was recorded and edited, so what Americans saw was what the GOP wanted them to see. "I think all of them, frankly. I think pretty much all of them."

It was the kind of impolitic throwaway line than in 2015 or 2016 would have led to minor gasps, some involuntary laughter, and not a small amount of audience thrill—wait, could you imagine an actual president saying this? It's the stuff of Hollywood pictures for nearly a century: A guy who talks and teases like a regular Joe instead of speechifying and oozing like a polished pol upends Washington through his Everyman straight talk.

But that fantasy works best as fantasy, as something tantalizing to contemplate, whether in two-hour fictions or two-week flings at the top of primary polls, rather than day after day in a position of power during a time of national crisis. We're happy (well, happy might be too strong a word) to imagine Warren Beatty rapping the unvarnished truth about corporate America cock-blocking socialized medicine, but lines such as "If you don't put down the malt liquor and chicken wings and get behind somebody other than a running back who stabs his wife, you're NEVER gonna get rid of somebody like me," would probably begin to wear thin around Year Four.

The Republican National Convention is providing constant reminders that this uniquely needy and frequently funny American character is no longer the brick ready to be thrown through the White House window, no longer the Elephant Man being drafted to disrupt the alleged beauty pageant of politics, but rather the chief executive sitting atop a mammoth executive branch of the world's most powerful country. As Mojo Nixon could testify, ribald satire plays much better on the outside looking in.

It was silly to think a 70-year-old man who'd courted public attention for four decades would somehow change his spots once in office, and so he hasn't. If you built a drinking game out of RNC speakers ladling out hyperbolic, coke-shooting-from-your-nose praise on the president, you'd be dead before midnight each day.

"Just imagine what 2020 would have looked like fighting for your life without Donald Trump fighting for it too," volunteered Trump health care advisory board member Natalie Harp Monday. "In January, there would have been no China travel ban. Millions would have died."

That claim, based on a much-criticized March study that assumed a worst-case, never-remotely-possible scenario of "no intervention" against the virus, belonged nowhere near the White House communications department five months ago, let alone near the top of a much-watched televised event in late August. But it surely pleased the boss, is so often—and so embarrassingly—the point.

"He ended once and for all the policy of incarceration of black people," claimed George state Rep. Vernon Jones Monday. Big, if true. (It's not.)

"Our president," asserted Cuban immigrant Maximo Alvarez, "is just another family man," which is arguably the most elastic definition of family values since Big Love.

"He has," heralded Afghanistan War vet Sean Parnell, "fiercely defended the besieged First and Second Amendment." The latter of which is debatable and the former of which is the inverse of the truth.

Hyperbole and hero-worship are baked into politics. And the hubris can go sky high when the protagonists at the center begin to smoke their own supply.

"I am absolutely certain," Barack Obama (in)famously said in his nomination acceptance speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, "that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment—this was the time—when we came together to remake this great nation." Yuck.

But the messianism becomes a managerial malady when you build the expectation among staff underling, visiting VIP, and even little kids that the ticket to Oval Office access is a convincing testimonial, preferably on live TV, to the greatness of the Great Man.

"So Jordan, if President Trump was standing right there, what would you say to him today about Right to Try?" Vice President Mike Pence asked 10-year-old Jordan McLinn, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. McLinn hesitated a bit, but remembered his line. "Thank you for being a hero to everybody in the country." We are coaching sick kids to make the president feel appreciated.

In this narcissickness, visible at most televised Cabinet meetings, Trump has no contemporary equal.

In nearly every chronicled breakdown of a Trump administration breakdown, from the January 2017 travel ban to the 2020 pandemic response, there has featured a dysfunctional trifecta of premature presidential braggadocio, advisers massaging information in ways to please their mercurial boss, and overmatched managers picked for reasons of politics and loyalty instead of competence and independence.

"I like this stuff. I really get it," the president said March 6, a week before all coronavirus hell broke loose. "People are surprised that I understand it….Every one of these doctors said, 'How do you know so much about this?' Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president." He also added, with almost cruel disregard for the truth, "Anybody who wants a test gets a test." If that were true, six months later we would not be looking at more than 178,000 deaths.

All of this makes Trump's unabashed and unprecedented nepotism inevitable. Eric Trump, who closed his speech Tuesday with a section addressed directly to his dad, said that sticking up for the Silent Majority "is a fight that only my father can win." Echoed Tiffany Trump earlier, "My father is the only person to challenge the establishment, the entrenched bureaucracy, Big Pharma and media monopolies, to ensure that Americans' constitutional freedoms are upheld and that justice and truth prevail."

Monday night's two most disturbing presenters were a power couple—Donald Trump Jr., and former Fox News co-host and legal analyst Kimberly Guilfoyle. Chewing up scenery in front of what appeared to be an audience of one, a red-eyed, pumped-up Trump Jr., gave a cult-like recommendation for how Americans can win the future: By "embracing the man who represents a bright and beautiful future for all."

Guilfoyle, resembling a send-up of Evita Peron, doubled down on the AYFKM oversell of her current boss and possible future father-in-law: "He built the greatest economy the world has ever known," she said, at a time of double-digit unemployment. "America, it's all on the line," she added. "President Trump believes in you, he emancipates and lifts you up to live your American dream."

Such is the rhetoric of recently transformed autocracies, not mature republics.

I am never the target audience for this stuff, and it wouldn't be the first time I have misjudged the public appetite for Trump's shtick. But populism has a long history of making promises rarely deliverable by good ideas, let alone cronyist, l'etat c'est moi, big-government protectionism.

Donald Trump is campaigning against an American carnage he vowed four years ago to reverse. He's running against socialism after jacking up federal spending in three years as much Barack Obama did in eight. And he's telling the same jokes as king that he killed with as jester. Good management requires more than cracking wise, promoting sycophancy, and seeking scapegoats. And Americans have a little bit more on their plate right now than resentment toward coastal cancel culture and "cosmopolitan elites." As a fellow eccentric ideologically promiscuous entertainer once sang, that joke isn't funny anymore.

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  1. I didn’t understand this word salad.

    1. You weren’t supposed to. It was solely intended to engorge Matt for his hate-wank.

      On the upside, he’s now overtaken Nick as the prime crafter of incomprehensible prose.

      1. Nick has better taste in olds pop culture

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    2. Tds isn’t funny anymore.

      1. Love Trump or hate America, eh?

        1. Not what I said at all. But go on with your full Jeffism.

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        2. Hate Trump or love America, eh?
          Your TDS didn’t improve your already questionable ‘intelligence’.

        3. It’s a little creepy that commenters get upset over someone saying “Trump’s not funny”

          1. Just Say’n
            August.25.2020 at 11:28 pm
            “…It’s a little creepy that commenters get upset over someone saying “Trump’s not funny”…”

            More than a ‘little creepy’ that TDS victims find a claim of ‘not funny’ a chance to pile on.
            You CAN seek treatment, or you can remain a fucking TDS imbecile; your choice.

            1. I think we can safely assume Sevo is a bot.

              1. Chipper would improve by being so.

            2. Trump may not be funny, but he is fucking stupid.

              So the democrats’ answer is to run a PoS who is just as stupid and been on the wrong side of everything his entire career.

              America is heading down the goddamned shitter, and all anyone wants to talk about is the village idiot in the WH.

          2. “Trump’s jokes aren’t very funny.”

            “YOUVE GOT TDS! SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP! YOU VOTED FOR HILLARY! YOURE WHATS WRONG WITH AMERICA! AAAUUUGGHHH!”

            Trump worship is getting creepy.

            1. Getting creepy? The Trumplickers on this board have been creepy with their unrequited love for their man since at least 2017

              1. “…The Trumplickers…”

                Q: Why do TDS victims spend their lives inventing nick-names which embarrass 1st-grade kids?
                A: The kids are smarter than they are.

            2. “Hey, maybe writing 45 articles a week about how Trump is a subhuman piece of shit and everyone who disagree is a literal Nazi is a little over the top and you should get the stick out of your ass, especially since you’ve written extensively in the past about how you support the coursening of American culture and think it makes us better as a society and now you’re clutching your pearls like a church lady”

              “FUCK YOU TRUMPISTA TRUMP LOVING TRUMP COCKSUCKING TRUMP LOVER BABY KILLER IMMIGRANT HATER NAZI! AAAUUUGGHHH!”

              It was difficult, but I think I almost made that sound as retarded as you are.

    3. Orange Man Bad. and not funny, though I’m not sure that was anyone’s goal

    4. Seemed like a reasonable take to me.

      I thought one of the good things about Trump was that he wasn’t a hero or a slick politician, but someone who would stir shit up and perhaps break the mold for standard politics. But now we have these people treating him like he is all those things. It seems silly. You can’t have it both ways.

  2. I got two paragraphs in. This is rough.

    1. And not just rough in a “He just has TDS.” way. Rough in like when he says “It was the kind of impolitic throwaway line than in 2015 or 2016 would have led to minor gasps” I don’t even know what the fuck he’s saying.

      It almost sounds like he’s trying to assert that it was racially insensitive to truckers.

      Otherwise, politicians of both stripes have been assuming groups of people, from women to blacks to unionists to laborers to tradesmen to deplorables to public servants to welfare recipients etc., have unanimously supported them back to LBJ and almost certainly before.

      1. Notice how we didn’t get 1500 words about how Biden is an evil cunt after his “You ain’t black if you don’t vote for me” quip. But yeah, Trump saying he likes truckers is some real gasp-inducing shit.

  3. I dunno, haven’t watched any RNC I really don’t care to, but Trump is the only president who has ever made me laugh out loud.

    Disappointing article Welch, thought this gonna be about Trump jokes and instead you decided to spazz out on your keyboard and hit send.

    1. Trump is hilarious.
      I honestly pity those who can’t enjoy him.
      Alas, leftists have no sense of humor

      1. Then why are literally all but 3 comedians in the world liberals?

        Cruelty is only funny to people with Trump’s personality.

        1. There are plenty of conservative comedians, but they don’t come out as such because the brown shirts that run the industry would destroy their lives.

          1. I thought it was all about supply and demand.

            1. That Greg Gutfeld guy is supposedly a comedian. Now that’s hilarious.

            2. Tony, why are minorities “under-represented” in major fields?

              Why are women “underpaid”?

              1. Because of European patriarchal hegemony, of course.

                Now explain why that means conservatives can’t tell or take a joke.

                1. Because you’re a special pleading retarded Marxist faggot. You are the joke, Tony.

        2. But few are funny.

          1. Who was that guy who kissed Bill O’Reilly’s ass? I should remember his name. I do remember he wasn’t funny.

            1. “Yeah, I listen to Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Amy Schumer, Janeane Garofalo, the list goes on…”

        3. Then why are literally all but 3 comedians in the world liberals?

          For professional comedy to be one’s sole source of humor? What a terrible world to live in!

        4. Pony Express News is pretty slow to get to OK. Lib comedians are getting cancelled too.

        5. The comedians are not mostly liberals, but there is lots of dough in bashing conservatives, so really they are playing both sides.

    2. Are you laughing at Trump or with Trump?

      1. Depends on the context. But for your edification, everyone is always laughing at you, not with you.

  4. Anger at Trump. For winning once, and they know he’ll win again.

    I expect the November riots to be extraordinary.

    The January imprisonment of many on the left and in the media will be glorious.

    1. Whatever you say facist. Crazier things have happened, but it’s more likely Biden will win then Trump. When Biden wins I’ll be sure to find you and put your head on a pike.

      1. Biden and his supporters are the violent fascists. You just illustrated this again.

        1. Biden is a moderate Democrat. Trump is openly fascist.

          1. If that were true, you’d already be flying out of a helicopter over the ocean…without a lifejacket. Along with all the rest of the lefty trash rioting in the streets.

            But the more I see people like yourself comment and display who you really are, the more I’m warming to that idea.

          2. In what sense is he fascist? What do you think that word means? If tariffs and immigration restrictions are Fascist then most of the world is fascist.

            1. Additionally, the label of ‘democrat’ no longer means what it once did. When we were a loosely federated republic maybe it meant something. Nowadays, it’s rather overtly closer to “fascism with voting”. To the point that now, when a political outsider runs on popular platform, he is labeled by democrats as a populist.

            2. He sees “fascist” in the way that Orwell warned about in “Politics and the English Language”…merely as “something not desirable”. It’s a word that low-information people throw around whenever something offends them. They aren’t intellectually capable of linking it to actual policy or governing philosophy…they just parrot what people they believe are smarter than themselves say.

            3. Facist in the sense of Hitler.
              1) dictatorial power – Rule by fiat err, “executive order” CHECK!
              2) goes after political rivals with state law enforcement. CHECK!
              Bill Barr intervention plus pardons for his cohorts
              3) openly supports racists and neo-nazi groups. CHECK!
              Charlotte, need I say more.
              4) promotes a single view of society that he terms law and order. CHECK!
              Middle class housewifes are supposed to fear the urban black.

              Other interesting parallels – He always has someone to blame, lets see: media, blacks, browns, Asians, Arabs, Europeans, Persians, Democrats, Liberals, basically everyone smarter than him. He demonizes them and then stands them up as the enemy – and its OK to violate their rights.

              He is a scared, dim witted little man (not in girth).

              And he doesn’t drink beer. Not to be trusted.

              1. 1) dictatorial power – Rule by fiat err, “executive order” CHECK!

                He’s issued fewer executive orders than “Pen and a phone” Obama.

                2) goes after political rivals with state law enforcement. CHECK!

                Like siccing the entire federal spying apparatus on a rival political campaign, fabricating evidence to obtain a FISA warrant to do so, illegally unmasking hundreds of American citizens, or leaking the sealed divorce records of a political rival to run unopposed like Obama?

                3) openly supports racists and neo-nazi groups. CHECK!
                Charlotte, need I say more.

                You mean like posing for pictures with Louis Farrakhan and hosting Malik Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party at the White House, like Obama? Also, yeah, you need say more on Charlotte since you’re presumably referencing the “good people on both sides” lie that has been so thoroughly debunked that even the radically left-wing Factcheck.org and Politifact have abandoned it.

                4) promotes a single view of society that he terms law and order. CHECK!
                Middle class housewifes are supposed to fear the urban black.

                You mean like Alinksyite Obama’s critical theory version of America where all white people are oppressors, where “at a certain point you’ve made enough money”, and where “you didn’t build that”?

                Other interesting parallels – He always has someone to blame, lets see: Fox News, whites, Jews, Republicans, conservatives, the wealthy, basically everyone smarter than him. He demonizes them and then stands them up as the enemy – and its OK to violate their rights – like murdering them with drones without trial, for example.

                1. So, it is nominally true that Obama issued more executive orders than Trump has (276 vs 182). However, Obama issued those 276 over 8 years; Trump issued those 182 over not yet 4 years. If you break it down by year, Trump issued 45, 45, 37, and 55 executive orders in each year of his not quite 4 years in office. Obama issued 7 (this is January 2017), 42, 29, 31, 20, 39, 34, 36, 38 in his 8 years in office. In Obama’s first 4 years, he issued 147 executive orders, 35 fewer than Trump in his first 4 years. So, you can maintain that Trump has issued fewer executive orders only by continuing to compare Obama’s 8 years to Trump’s 4 years; not a very honest comparison, if you ask me. This data came from The Federal Register on August 27, 2020 at 12pm central standard time: https://www.federalregister.gov/presidential-documents/executive-orders

                  Your idea of ‘unmasking’ is completely at odds with Trump’s own practices on ‘unmasking’. In each year of his not quite 4 years in office he has requested unmasking of more US citizens than Obama asked unmasked in his last year. The grounds for unmasking are pretty light by law.

                  The documents you claim were sealed were not, in fact, sealed. A judge in California ordered them to be unsealed for the public interest or some such nonsense because Ryan was running for public office. One can question whether that unsealing was questionable, but it was not a leaking of sealed documents.

                  Obama was not an Alinksyite. He never espoused the views of Saul Alinsky. Your quotations from Obama have been taken out of context. I can make Trump admit he is a pedophile if I am just willing to take his words completely out of context.

    2. Ah yes, lets destroy all your so-called enemies. How very not-fascist of you.

      1. Imprisonment is actually the standard approach for dealing with violent psychopaths rampaging through the streets. Unless you’d rather just let self-defensive use of firearms take care of it. Worked really well for your fellow Marxist revolutionary thug Garrett Foster. We’re game any time you are. Don’t forget your bottle rockets and face masks.

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  6. Matt, he’s funnier than you ever hoped to be and smarter besides. Please resign and turn over the running of Reason so someone competent.

    1. Trump boasts that he never reads. I have never understood the “he’s smart, not like everyone says, you know, dumb”.

      1. “Trump boasts that he never reads. I have never understood the “he’s smart, not like everyone says, you know, dumb”.”

        Did you have a point other than to make sure others know your TDS is out of control?
        Naaaah.

      2. Reading is neither necessary nor sufficient for being smart.

        1. You couldn’t be more incorrect.

          1. Is he? You appear to be capable of reading, but you’re obviously still an idiot. Being smart isn’t about just being able to recite words on a page, you have to be able to critically analyze both concrete and abstract concepts. I see a lot of people who can read who can’t think worth a damn.

            Trump’s got a bachelors of science in economics as well as a degree from one of the top business schools in the country (back when that actually meant something), and ran a successful business for forty years, ran and starred in a hit television show for a decade, and won the presidency on his first attempt at elected office. I’m pretty sure he both knows how to read and that he’s a hell of a lot smarter than you or Just Say’n, whether he reads as much as you do or not.

            1. The only thing true in that comment is that The Apprentice did have decent ratings.

              He paid someone to take his SATs, and he’s not hiding his college records for the sake of privacy. He’s truly abominably uneducated.

              1. “He paid someone to take his SATs, and he’s not hiding his college records for the sake of privacy. He’s truly abominably uneducated.”

                Leave Obo out of this.

                1. Really, Trump claimed to have been top of this class, but he never made deans list. Maybe that is just part of his super powers.
                  Classmates described him as sitting in the front of the class furiously taking notes (to no avail apparently).
                  As for paying someone to take the SAT, given his limited vocabulary and given the book from his niece we could say he wouldn’t have made it without cheating. He is also on record for cheating to get out of the draft (a doctor’s note). Finally, it seems he has cheated on getting loans, inflating the value of his property. Lets not forget he cheated on his wifes. Its without a doubt he is a liar and has not been truthful about his academics.

                  1. Clever how you went from making remarks about his intelligence based on unsubstantiated wild claims from anonymous sources and bitter rivals to remarks about his marital fidelity as if they were somehow linked, all while avoiding discussion of the fact that the central basis of your claims – that he is hiding his academic records – applied equally to Obama who has apparently never published anything in the field of law despite being a law review editor, and has never released any of his academic records or transcripts.

                    And by clever I mean, half-witted sophistry unbecoming of a high school freshman on his first day of debate team.

  7. They were never funny. He’s funny like a cartoon in the sense where it’s pretty obvious that he’s a clown, but not laugh out loud funny. More like “how is this guy for real” funny

    1. There are treatments available for your TDS, or you can remain a imbecilic asshole.

      1. That’s legitimately insane. I’m far from someone who suffers from TDS

        1. “That’s legitimately insane. I’m far from someone who suffers from TDS”

          That’s legitimately evidence of TDS; seek treatment, asshole.

          1. What evidence do you have that he has TDS. If anything you have TCUYAS. Trump’s Cock Up Your Ass Syndrome. Back to your cave bootlicker!

          2. Sevo, hate to break it to you but you’re the deranged one.

            1. Lord of Strazele, hate to break it to you, but you’re a fucking idiot.

        2. Just because you obsessively defend every policy and politician from the Democratic party while obsessively attacking every utterance from Trump. How could anyone impugn your clarity and discernment?

      2. Dude, not thinking that someone is funny is not a sign of derangement. Only of differing tastes. It’s possible for normal, sane people not to like Trump and not think he’s funny. Seeing TDS everywhere has become its own derangement syndrome.

      3. Typical Trumpian, attacking the messenger, not the message.

        1. Following an entire article attacking Trump entirely on the basis of his style and not his actual policies. Never change, kiddo.

      1. Trolling the corporate press is enjoyable and well deserved, but not “funny”, imo.

        1. “Trolling the corporate press is enjoyable and well deserved, but not “funny”, imo.”
          Why would anyone care about a reply from a TDS victim?

        2. Of course not, that’s because you’re a Kochsucking shill for the Democratic party and its unpaid political action committee called the American media. Few people laugh at the joke when it comes at their own expense, and radical left wing shills are the humorless, bitter, hate-filled pieces of shit in the world.

    2. If we are very lucky the joke, such as it was, will be over in November. And then we’ll never have to think about this putz again

      1. Turns out the joke was you the whole time, and we get to enjoy it all the way through 2024

  8. Any criticism of Trump is shrugged off as “TDS” or “Orange Man Bad.” Goddamn you inbred rednecks are in denial. He could cum on your daughter’s face and you’d say it was sunscreen and he saved her from skin cancer.

    #killallthemormons
    #sendthemormonstothegaschambers

    1. One more TDS victim heard from.
      Fuck off and die; make your family proud and the world a better place.

      1. What evidence do you have I have TDS? It’s more likely you have TDDYTS. Trump’s Dick down your throat syndrome. Sorry for the long reply. I’m sure you’re so inbred reading’s a struggle. Anyhoo I’ll let you get back to fucking your sister.

        1. You eloquently express what kinds of people Trump’s opponents are.

          1. Nice anecdotal fallacy bootlicker. Sorry that because normal people see Trump for what he is: an unqualified Narcist it hurts your whittle feelings. Toughen up snowflake. Claiming any criticism of Trump is “TDS” or “Orange Man bad” is just cancel culture Bs.

            1. That’s really amusing that a guy with a screen name of “KillAllRednecks” would accuse anyone of being a bootlicker.

              You really are a deranged little turd.

      2. Just for clarity, I thought TDS was the diagnosis for those that voted for Trump in 2016, and can’t see any faults in him and will vote for him in 2020.
        https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=TDS
        Yep, I right again!

        1. I => I’m Dammit! Now I sound like Trump

        2. It’s obviously true because you wrote it on Urban Dictionary 11 minutes ago!

          It’s certainly not related to the term “Bush Derangement Syndrome” coined by syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer 15 years ago.

    2. If you read that article and don’t see TDS, you are hopeless. The entire thing is a case study.

    3. Behold the typical Biden supporter and Democrat.

      1. I fucking hate biden. But he’s not as bad as Trump. Why is it that every criticism is labelled TDS? Are you inbred a-holes really that thick? (Of course you are your bloody Trump supporters).

        1. Rev. Arthur L Kirkland is already a self-parody, you don’t need to pile on.

    4. That was a pretty good one

  9. The president in my lifetime who could deliver a comedy line best was The Gipper. On a good day that guy could just nail it.

    Best comedians are self depreciating. Perhaps the most difficult performing art. I like Dave Chapelle because he has great timing and can just say things nobody else can.

    Trump is the worst at it I have known. He has no ability to take a joke and cannot deliver one because of that. Every time he tries someone has to explain it.

    1. Yeah, Reagan had wit and charm. Trump has neither. He’s clever in his way, but it’s a very strange way.

  10. He certainly looks like a clown.

    1. IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE HE’S ORANGE!

      THIS IS REAL COMEDY, PEOPLE!

  11. Aren’t as funny any more?

    Who are you trying to kid? You hate this guy with. Purple passion. You would not laugh if he told the funniest story in human history. You are quite obviously completely incapable of evaluating anything about the guy objectively, least of all his sense of humor.

    You will not only never understand the humor, you will never even understand what is happening because your only objective in looking in trump’s direction is to see what is wrong. You do not hear what is being said, you are too busy formulating arguments. This is why you cannot form a coherent critique.

    My wife has evolved way ahead of you on this. She realizes that it goes beyond all reason, so she just says “I hate that guy. Nothing is going to change that”

    It is liberating, not having to look for reasons for hatred in the way Trump boards Marine One, or how he didn’t actually reform prison sentencing as much as he is representing… you just avoid looking, listening or speaking about it and blow it all off with “i hate that guy” no need to go further.

    1. Reason has become a Progressive Pravda. Remember Pravda? We would read it back in the 70’s just for the entertainment value. You knew the articles were totally ridiculous.

      This is how it is now with Reason ‘editors’.

    2. Exactly. Honestly, I feel very sorry for TDS victims. Not because they’re totally wrong, not because they’re hateful and it isn’t healthy for them… but most of all, because they can’t even indulge themselves with some laughter.

      Trump is funny as hell, and I’d argue that he had some of the best one-liners out of all past president. Maybe even outside of the presidential criteria. He types absolutely savage tweets, and he makes up childishly amusing nicknames for people he has a quarrel with (e.g. Gretchen Half-Whitmer). But, all in all, he is funny. To not see this, to not laugh on these, and to have a constantly grim, bitter and panicky face all the time… is pathetic, really.

      Guess this all boils down to left-right paradigm. We need only to check out any number of random scenes from the DNC vs RNC conventions and we can see that. For the former, everything is racist, unjust, painfully bad, soon-to-be-apocalyptic, while for the latter, the future is hopeful, majestic and rich. It is astonishing that Americans by the millions will still go out and vote on the pessimistic, nihilistic, self-destructing agenda of the Democrats.

    3. Its like racist jokes, I understand the attempt at the humor, I just don’t find it funny.
      On the flip side, Obama’s roasting of Trump was funny.

    4. you just avoid looking, listening or speaking about it and blow it all off with “i hate that guy” no need to go further.

      This is where a lot of people are on the race issue.

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  15. Trump is an absolute pig of a human being, a fat-headed, thin-skinned man-child who wants desperately to be one of the In crowd, but what has that got to do with what he’s done as President? Is he somehow worse than any other President we’ve had or could have had? There’s plenty to complain about in what he believes or seems to believe, including the fact that nobody really knows if he believes in anything or if he’s just a shallow vessel for whatever whoever he last talked to believes, but he’s not a literal Hitler, an antichrist, or a harbinger of the endtimes, he’s just a fucking water head just like the rest of them.

    1. Hear, hear!
      (can’t believe I’m saying this to Jerry)

    2. Somebody gets it.

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  17. TDS is such a sad disease.

    1. OK doctor. Can you supply a basis for your diagnosis.

      There is no such thing in the medical literature as TDS.

      1. Thank you for your incisive comments below about the nature of humor. You seem like a hilariously funny guy who is a fucking blast at parties.

  18. Trump has a very Boomerish sense of humor, it just isn’t going to register as funny for most people under 50.

    1. Heh I am over 50. There is nothing funny about his lame attempts at humor. I love classic comedy.

      That is fine. I cannot play the clarinet. Just do not try it in public.

  19. I find Donald Trump to be somewhat funny (roughly the same amount of funniness throughout his entire presidency and last campaign) however it’s not Donald Trump’s joke that is so funny, but rather the over the top response by the media and Democrats that are the funniest aspects.

    For as much as I don’t like Donald Trump, it is very clear and apparent that his scorn of the media is very well deserved. The hypocrisy of the establishment (Media, Democrats, Republicans, lobbyists and all government swamp creatures) is appalling.

    For all of Donald Trumps faults, he does expose the vermin lurking the halls of power.

    I would prefer if Donald Trump took more concrete libertarian actions such as speeding up the process and actually ending the undeclared wars. The elimination of some federal agencies to reduce the size of the federal government. The elimination of qualified immunity so laws are passed are applied to all citizens equally including all government officials and employees.

    While I generally oppose executive orders, I would be tempted if Donald Trump issued these libertarian minded ideas as executive orders.

  20. The TDS virus has mutated.

    Seriously Matt.

    Basically, you’re railing against embellishments of records and success by a political party and some praising for a President from its party.

    Standard political stuff. Does Trump take it up a notch? Sure. But I don’t think it’s more than what we saw with Obama. The fawning over that over rated hack remains to this day. He too wasn’t above constantly taking credit for things. Heck, he took credit for Trump’s economy.

    Overall, the RNC message, though (when you look past Trump) is VASTLY superior to the idiocy pimped by the DNC.

  21. And personally? I love how Trump drives the Martini-Credentialed elites mad.

    Those people probably wear a mask while taking a shit just to stick it to Trump.

  22. I’m sorry, I wasn’t listening.

  23. “Oh wow, that’s fantastic. Well, congratulations. I love the truckers. They’re on my side,” Trump ad-libbed. The conversation was recorded and edited, so what Americans saw was what the GOP wanted them to see. “I think all of them, frankly. I think pretty much all of them.”

    Did he actually say something different? What are you trying to say?

    Coherence: 0/10

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  25. >>A guy who talks and teases like a regular Joe instead of speechifying and oozing like a polished pol upends Washington through his Everyman straight talk.

    it happened. stop crying.

  26. Is Matt Welch trying to tell us that the DNC convention speeches were edited to reflect what the democrats wanted them to say? If he is he should published this in one of democrat news outlets!

  27. You know what WOULD be funny though? If Welchie Boy’s Park Slope brownstone (probably rented) got burned to the ground by a bunch of the Antifas that he and his peeps love so damn much.

    1. No, what would be funny is if Welch decided to go LARP in solidarity with the brown bodies he only sees when he’s getting his Door Dash deliveries and got his retarded face blown off like Garrett Foster.

  28. I thought the article was fine, but you guys need to tighten up a little bit with the proofreading. Every article has small, obvious errors that seldom get corrected.

  29. I’ll take “awkward jester” over “highly qualified public servant with socialist tendencies” any day.

  30. “And the hubris can go sky high when the protagonists at the center begin to smoke their own supply.”

    Now do Joe! You know, the guy running for, uh umm, the thing.

  31. If you let a monkey have a typewriter, eventually he would write this article.

    Trump isn’t funny, he is a fucking unread, ignorant, dumbass, but this article was about as inept as anything UnReason has ever run.

    The Koch family must not be paying as well.

    1. Trump isn’t funny, he is a fucking unread, ignorant, dumbass

      But intellectual titans like you can just call him “Mr. President”. But heck, we needn’t stand on ceremony. How about just “Mr. Billionaire”. ”””””Libertarians””””” love them some billionaires, right?

  32. I can’t think of one time Trump has made me crack the slightest smile or be amused. But then again I have more than a couple of brain cells.

    1. Yeah you sound like you have a fantastic sense of humor. Let me guess, you listen to Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, the list goes on…

      1. Michael Scott oh for three….as Michael Scott usually was. Stephen Colbert was funny as fake Bill O’Reilly, unwatchable as himself. Samantha Bee is an unsufferable cunt. Trevor Noah not that funny…..certainly no Jon Stewart. Who is funny? Bill Maher is pretty damn consistent, whether I agree with his point 100% or he’s being a liberal idiot. Always makes me laugh.

    2. Why aren’t you president then?

      1. Desire/ambition/what I want to do with my life. Certainly not that. Nothing to do with brain power though.

  33. That claim, based on a much-criticized March study that assumed a worst-case, never-remotely-possible scenario of “no intervention” against the virus, belonged nowhere near the White House communications department five months ago, let alone near the top of a much-watched televised event in late August.

    And yet your analysis and coverage of the virus relied on those very same worst case scenarios, with Ron Bailey castigating the president as a clueless fuckwit whose failure to enforce a federal mandatory lockdown and compulsory weekly testing cost thousands of lives.

    It’s the stuff of Hollywood pictures for nearly a century: A guy who talks and teases like a regular Joe instead of speechifying and oozing like a polished pol upends Washington through his Everyman straight talk. But that fantasy works best as fantasy

    And here I thought that Society is Coarser But Better. Silly me. I forgot the Orange Man Bad exception that turns ”””””libertarians””””” into pearl clutching schoolmarms.

  34. I always find it funny and awkward when those who cannot criticize those who can and do.

  35. “He has,” heralded Afghanistan War vet Sean Parnell, “fiercely defended the besieged First and Second Amendment.” The latter of which is debatable and the former of which is the inverse of the truth.

    it’s not debatable. he’s no friend to RKBA. banning bump stocks illegally by reinterpretation?? hardly the act of someone who understands the issue and supports legal rights.

  36. TDS in full display.

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