Showing posts with label Maureen Dowd. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Maureen Dowd. Show all posts

May 14, 2023

An image I wish I could unsee: Trump celebrating CNN interview by dancing to "Macho Man" at Mar-a-Lago

 Thanks for this, Maureen Dowd:

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Trump dancing to Macho Man

As a video circulates of Trump celebrating his CNN performance by dancing to “Macho Man” by the pool at Mar-a-Lago, we see Trump unplugged. 

From

No Playing Ostrich With Trump

As Sun Tzu says, ‘Know the enemy.’

I suppose I had a streak of masochism when I tried, at first unsuccessfully, to find a video of him doing his dufus dance to "Macho Man" at Mar-a-Lago so I could write this blog. Instead I posted the video above. 

Still, this image was already cluttering my mind and it was hard to turn off so I thought it might be something of a catharses to write this.

Then I did a bit more web searching and found that Medialite has a link to a tweet with the video of him dancing at Mar-a-Lago:

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Excerpt from Medialite:

Former President Donald Trump seemed to have little care in the world following his controversial town hall with CNN, as he was spotted getting down to music while poolside at Mar-a-Lago.

A clip from an event at Mar-a-Lago Thursday night began circulating on Twitter via @MJisMAGA, which showed the former president arriving to a poolside dinner while performers dressed as The Village People entertained the crowd.

Trump, whose dance moves appear to be isolated to only his arms, jived to the music as the crowd cheered him on and snapped photos.

Trump's use of the Village People songs "Macho Man" and "YMCA" has been controversial because they are considered anthems for the gay community. However The Village People gave him the okay to use them:
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Excerpt:

Some noted the irony of Trump entering to "Macho Man," given his administration's track record on LGBTQ rights and the fact that Village People is rooted in gay culture (the group's name refers to New York City's Greenwich Village, which was known for its large gay population during its formation).

I have no doubt that Trump relishes the controversy that his using these songs stirs up, and particularly enjoys playing and dancing to "Macho Man" because he see himself as magnificently macho. He has no ability to comprehend irony and thus doesn't realize that he's dancing to a song with lyrics that poke fun at men like him.

[Intro]
(Body) Body (wanna feel) Wanna feel my body, baby?
(Such a thrill) Such a thrill, my body yeah-yeah
(Wanna touch) Wanna touch my body, baby?
(It's too much) It's too much, my body yeah-yeah
(Check it out my) Check it out my body, body
(Don't you doubt) Don't you doubt my body, body
(Talkin' bout my) Talkin' bout my body, body
(Check it out my) Check it out my body

[Verse 1]
Every man wants to be a macho, macho man
To have the kind of body always in demand
Jogging in the mornings, go man go
Work outs in the health spa, muscles glow
You can best believe that he's a macho man
Ready to get down with, anyone he can

[Chorus]
Hey! Hey! Hey, hey, hey!
Macho, macho man (macho man)
I've got to be a macho man
I've got to be a macho, macho man
I've got to be a macho! Ow!
Macho, macho man
I've got to be a macho man
Macho, macho man (yeah, yeah)
I've got to be a macho!

Back to Maureen Dowd's column, for those without a subscription to The New York Times, here are a few bullet points:

  • Trump always ridiculed people, but when he brought that into the presidential arena, it was like injecting a virus of cruelty into the political bloodstream.
  • As a video circulates of Trump celebrating his CNN performance by dancing to “Macho Man” by the pool at Mar-a-Lago, we see Trump unplugged. The existential threat is aiming to get back in the Oval, this time without anyone trying to keep him from going completely off the rails...
  • Trump is spiraling into even more of a self-deluded narcissist, if that’s possible. And he’s even more obsessed with numbers — if that’s possible.
  • The town hall was enlightening — and frightening. But we needed that reminder to be on full alert, because Trump is not just an unhinged and dangerous extremist; he is also a cunning and dominating insurgent.
  • Sun Tzu stressed that victory depends on knowing the enemy — “Force him to reveal himself.”
Once again the wisdom of Sun Tzu's often quoted statement is demonstrated when it comes to deteriming how to defeat Donald Trump.

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I've written a lot about using an understanding of Trump's psychopathology to fight him (example). Mental health professionals writing about Trump as I have believe that understanding Trump's personality is a key to defeating him.  Here's a tweet of mine from 2019:

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Putin also knows what makes Trump tick, and he's also played him like a piccolo by appealing to his delusional grandiose narcissism. 

I'd like to see President Biden and his surrogates expose Trump for who and what he is by sharpening his attacks on Trump if he should become the GOP nominee by using well crafted mockery.  After all, Trump's narcissism has been a gift that has kept giving for late night comics and there's no indication Trump will stop offering material.

Bonus:

George called Elaine's dancing "more like full body dry heaves" than dancing on Seinfeld. At least she looks like she's having fun and is uninhibited and she moves her entire body. Trump looks like he's had a spinal block when he does his version of a dance.

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