Donald Trump does not like to be made fun of, but it is proving almost impossible not to crack jokes about a man – and an administration – as laughably incompetent as his.
Last Week Tonight‘s John Oliver put it like this in speaking of Trump’s inauguration lies: “We have a president capable of standing in the rain and saying it was a sunny day.”
Oliver goes on to say “Donald Trump lies” is clearly not a “fresh observation.” If that were the extent of it we could just laugh and shake our heads and walk away. But it’s not.
As one acute observer has noted of the Trumpcapades:
“Seriously, what the actual fuck is up w these Trump Admin ppl. They are the most smug, smarmy, cartoon villain-y ppl I’ve EVER seen. EVER.”
Testify, sister. You’re not alone. What could be more cartoonish than an orange-headed Groucho Marx just praised his advisor Stephen Miller for his round of lies Sunday by saying Miller did a “great job” of representing him. You can’t get more unintentionally forthright than that.
That makes us laugh, and perhaps it should, but Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin points to a far less funny if incredibly serious problem with the administration:
It’s curious how Trump is fixated on imaginary voter fraud, while he courts the foreign adversary that subverted our election on his behalf.
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) February 13, 2017
Oliver quipped, “It has been so busy that it’s gotten to where the most terrifying sound is your phone buzzing with a news alert,” and he’s right.
As CNN editor Zachary Wolf put it in all seriousness, “This is what makes covering Donald Trump so very difficult: what does he mean when he says words?”
This is a skill we teach children: “use your words,” we tell them in elementary school, but a functionally illiterate serial liar like Trump is still struggling.
Which only serves to highlight the fact that if Donald Trump is a joke, he is a very dangerous joke, because we cannot afford to have a walking, talking joke in the White House.