Friday, September 2, 2016
From the beginning of the Republican primary season Trump was laughed off by just about everyone as an improbable candidate for President. When it became clear that he was going to beat his mostly incompetent and stupid challengers, he became news. And for every outrageous statement, including a put-down of Mexicans at his initial announcement, the media moved in closer. And that is where Trump the elephant grew. So cowed was those watching the event thereafter unfold that Jeb Bush couldn't even stand up for his Mexican born wife. To bolster his elephant status, Trump went on to declare he was expert in everything, that he wanted to make America great again, that he wanted to deport 11 million immigrants, and build a wall that separated the US from Mexico at the expense of the Mexican government. It was red meat not only to his unwavering supporters but to the media who found themselves a story that would go on and on, right up to election day. Though Trump has also been widely criticized and demonized by Democrats and liberals as well as by Republican columnists like Michael Gerson and Charles Krauthammer, his elephant status grew like a blimp in the sky. Though many in the party defected or gave him a soft support, his status as elephant was maintained, as his poll numbers declined. With all that downturning of support and the decline in his chances to win in November, he remains the person the media cannot deflect its attention from the elephant who has not changed his shape but has grown to dominate the news. Not one word about the moral chasm he has divided. And that is what makes this elephant so toxic.