Question: What's good on this site?
Question: Why do you write T***p with three asterisks?
Answer: Why is the ancient Egyptian hieroglyph for the snake always depicted as pierced by a spear? So the snake won't come to life, of course! The three asterisks are to avoid summoning the awful power.
Related: reliable sources assure us that T***p is a shape-shifting lizard.
Others have handled the naming problem by changing (restoring) the candidate's name to "Drumpf."
We picked up the three-asterisk convention from the Twitter feed of Joyce Carol Oates. For example:
Caught a fragment of alarmingly smiley Megan Kelly pretending to interview T***p w/ scripted questions. Not great "Taming of Shrew"— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) May 31, 2016
Question: Who are the journalists with the smartest take on T***p?
Answer: Two come to mind:
- Sarah Kendzior, especially the article for The Diplomat called Trumpmenbashi, where she considers Trump in light of central Asian dictators.
- Jamelle Bouie, especially How Should America Resist a Fascist?
Question: But is T***p really a fascist?
Answer: Probably not: I asked 5 fascism experts whether Donald Trump is a fascist. Here's what they said. In short, a true fascist would push for violent overthrow of a democratic government. T***p is using the electoral process.
Question: What's something horrifying to read about the national id that supports Mr. T***p?
Answer: Start with Dave Eggers' essay for the Guardian, ‘Could he actually win?’ Dave Eggers at a Donald Trump rally. (Eggers is one of the Writers on T***p.)
Then check out this Storify of Tweets by Jared Yates Sexton:
Question: Is the image below a metaphor for the T***p candidacy? You know, Lilliputian journalists gleefully strive against a freshly beached giant minifigure?
Question: Are you for real?
Answer: In the words of an oversize yellow caricature of a human being, no real than you are.