Trump phrase­ol­ogy

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

A me­taphor is a phrase that means one thing but is used to de­scribe a sit­u­a­tion that may be sim­i­lar. Ex­am­ples would be “a Trojan horse,” “prim­ing the pump,” “mov­ing the goal posts,” etc. Don­ald Trump’s phrase, “drain the swamp,” has now ex­panded to “it’s a sewer, a cesspool.” Three phrases that ap­ply to Trump would be: “a bull in a china shop,” “the fox guard­ing the chicken coop,” and “Don­ald Quixote at­tack­ing wind­mills, fol­lowed by his faith­ful ser­vant San­cho Panza/Mike Pence.”

Cer­vantes wrote the Don Quixote story over 400 years ago about a delu­sion­ally in­sane old man who roamed the Span­ish coun­try­side al­ways get­ting in trou­ble. I think Trump is more like Don Quixote ev­ery day. His metaphor­i­cal barge is now planted in that cesspool and he has in­vited dozens of crooks to come and take a swim. One ex­am­ple is that mys­te­ri­ous eighth man at the meet­ing last year where the Rus­sians showed up promis­ing dirt on Clin­ton. Irakly “Ike” Kave­ladze was/ is the fixer who al­legedly fun­neled many mil­lions of dol­lars of Rus­sian money into Trump’s prop­er­ties us­ing hun­dreds of shell com­pa­nies and shell bank ac­counts. Why was he there? Mueller wants to know.

Sen. John McCain puts it well: “Ev­ery time we turn around, an­other shoe drops from this cen­tipede.” FRANK NEW­MAN Hunt­ing­ton

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