A major component of my high anxiety over Trump’s America is there is no precedent for this president.
Forget Hitler and Mussolini and Nixon; Schwarzenegger, Berlusconi and Jesse Ventura.
From bad to worse, they were all fully formed humans. Members of an identifiable species.
They were definable. Easily categorized.
But I doubt Aristotle, Freud and Darwin could reach a consensus on the makeup of the 45th president of the United States.
Cue Rod Serling:
You are about to enter another dimension … Next stop, the Twilight Zone.
The combination of words and actions – and hair – make Trump unlike any human I’ve ever known, seen or heard.
That’s why, since the election, I have been searching for the right word, or words, to compare Trump to anyone – or anything.
He is certainly a first. But not a first in the same sense as any of his predecessors.
JFK was the first Catholic president. Obama the first black president.
But I’m stumped — help, please — when I attempt to fill in this blank with one word:
Donald Trump is the first ________ president.
Let’s broaden the field, beyond past presidents – and humans.
Perhaps a fictional character. Or, as in the old game of 20 Questions, feel free to define Trump as animal, vegetable or mineral to complete the following sentence:
Having Donald Trump in the White House is like having ________ as president of the United States.
(Note: Do not purloin Bill Maher’s suggestion the orange one is the spawn of an orangutan.)
Now, try this analogy:
Donald Trump is to Barack Obama as ________ is to ________.
Please take your best shot at any or all of the above and send to me.
I will compile and reprint the most astute.