Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Der Spiegel lampoons Trump

Der Spiegel's cover image of 12 January 2018 sums up the inexorable descent of President Trump with true Teutonic efficiency. The cover was designed by New York artist Edel Rodriguez and illustrates the regression of humanity through Trump.

"Fire and Fury" is Michael Wolfe's devastating critique of Donald Trump's first year in the White House. Der Spiegel asks "Can the world's most powerful man really be dumb, senile and addicted to television as the book claims? He spends his early evenings watching three televisions in his bedroom? Eating a cheeseburger and tweeting all the while? An entire White House teetering between hysteria and chaos?"

It explains "how 'Fire and Fury' came to be and whether, and the extent to which, it approaches the truth. It delves into the consequences for an America and a world that have been confronted with a nuclear-armed fool, who is neither mentally nor psychologically suited for the job - apparently also not physically, either, given how late he starts the working day and how early he ends it. Humanity as a whole is being set back just because of one single person. The achievements of decades - the fight against a climate disaster, against the nuclear threat, for equality between men and women, between blacks and whites and so on and so on."

I'm not sure that I shall bother reading the book, the story of Trump's year is so absurd that it is probably best told by cartoons.

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