Sep. 11th, 2016

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Tony Schwartz' Trump tweets are as pitched to Trump himself as Keillor's piece. He even assumes some of his tweet-mannerisms, to sound more like some inner voice of Trump's admitting the horrifying truth. Keillor's piece has Trump imagining how others see him (rendered authentic by Keillor's not just being an other but writing like someone who meets many sorts of people, has made a career of impersonating them). Schwartz is imagining how Trump would see himself, if he suddenly could. The constant projection, the refusal to apologize, the identification with can't-tell-me-nothin' strength - these habits are all brought up in forceful, childlike, word-choice-of-least-resistance language. Trump's secret rules, which must never be voiced or they'd expose exactly what they exist to protect, are phrased just how they would be if he did. I hope he has something longer in the works. Timed for just before Debate 1, ideally.

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