Friday, August 19, 2016

Everything old is new again

The Berlin Olympic Games of 1936 are remembered, in popular memory at least, as Hitler's attempt to prove the superiority of the Aryan "race", undermined by Jesse Owens and the American Olympic team.

I'm sure some other nations showed up, but this is America and that's how we tell the story.

So with all the veiled (and not so veiled) comparisons of Trump to Hitler make this ironic.  It seems Trump has tweeted nothing about the Olympics, while Hillary is tweeting up a storm.

Why has Trump hit the mute button on the Olympics, while Clinton has pumped up the volume? There’s a good reason for that, and a surprising one. The spectacle of America vanquishing its global rivals is—ironically, amazingly—utterly terrible for the “America First” candidate.

A big part of his political message, the one you hear at his stump speeches, is that America has grown weak. America doesn’t win anymore, he says. “Crippled America” is the title of his most recent book. He alone can Make American Great Again. As someone who’s been around a few campaigns, believe me: The Olympics is about the worst thing that could have happened to the Trump train. Here’s a candidate whose message depends entirely on convincing Americans that they’re living in a failing nation overrun by criminal immigrants. And for the past two weeks, tens of millions of Americans have been glued to a multi-ethnic parade of athletes, winning easily. “Make America Great Again” has never felt more out-of-touch than it does against the backdrop of tenacious, over-achieving American athletes driven by their own journeys in pursuit of the American Dream.
Isn't it ironic?  Don't you think?  Could this be one more reason Trump is losing?

1 comment:

  1. He's losing because the media is in the tank for Hillary and the Olympics.