The Don of Trumpery
For Trump, naming is branding. Extending the Trump brand appears to have been the central driver of his initially only half-serious presidential bid, and it continues to drive Trump’s presidency, as he dreams, no doubt, of a Trump Tower on Mars.
November 6, 2018
The Styrofoam Presidency
Many hoped Trump’s aesthetics were not a reflection of his entire political self, but merely a style that could be dropped when the occasion demanded it. But when the inauguration came, Trump trampled on some of the most hallowed public rituals of American power.
January 24, 2017
The Emperor’s Hairdo
Donald Trump’s signature hairdo is so prominent that cartoonists use it as a shorthand identifier in their drawings. But what does it say about the man?
February 1, 2017
Proofreading the President
Mocking the president’s twisting circumlocutions on Twitter is cold consolation—ask anyone who bought a “Bushisms” calendar the January before the United States invaded Iraq.
October 8, 2019
Year One: Our President Ubu
Since Trump became president, every time I told myself this man is bonkers, I remembered Ubu Roi, realizing how the story of his presidency and the cast of characters he has assembled in the White House would easily fit into Alfred Jarry’s play.
November 6, 2017
Year One: Trump’s Foreign Affairs
Trump has not just dismounted from America’s moral high horse. He has descended into the ditch to join those the US once felt able to condemn.
November 16, 2017
I Will Not Be an Invisible Trans Woman
The significant hostility directed at transgender people means that we can be used as a convenient political tool: if the right wishes to divert attention from any failure or scandal of its own making, all it needs is a quick resort to anti-transgender propaganda.
October 25, 2018