Remember when Trump recounted how Clinton was seconds late to the Democratic debate stage? Trump asked the crowd four times, at a subsequent rally, where had Clinton gone.
“I know where she went — it’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it,” Trump said, screwing up his face, as the crowd laughed and cheered. “No, it’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting.”
“Don’t say it.”
What is Trump talking about that is so disgusting? Clinton going to The Ladies Room? Is that what set his thousands of supporters laughing and cheering, happily on the same page as their candidate for the Presidency of the United States. Of course not. That wouldn’t make any sense. So what is disgusting?
What Trump’s talking about is the female sexual interior, mysterious, threatening, the “central, hairy diadem” that intrudes on folks’ thoughts every two minutes. King Lear knew that place of terror. Here’s his rant:
“Down from the waist they are centaurs, though women all above. But to the girdle do the gods inherit, beneath is all the fiends’. There’s hell, there’s darkness, there is the sulphurous pit: burning, scalding, stench,. contagion. Fie, fie, fie!”
Okay, Lear is over the top. Is the concept of “legitimate rape” over the top? Is the closing of hundreds of clinics, denying life-saving care to women, over the top? What about making abortion all but impossible, condemning thousands of women to misery and some to death from botched, home-devised abortions? What about the millions of female genital mutilations still carried out in this year of our Lord, 2016? Aren’t these dreadful assaults on women understandable if in fact one thinks of women as fiends?. Throughout history, the race has been terrified of Woman, and who is scarier than Clinton, the most powerfull woman in the world. When she goes to The Ladies Room, “There’s hell, there’s darkness, there is the sulphurous pit.” It’s Trump’s most remarkable real estate transaction.
Do you think Steven Bannon, Trump’s latest far-right campaign manager, knows these dark places in the soul? Of course. And he and his boss will package them in wholly unexpected ways for the debates. Together they will lay traps for Hillary as mind-boggling as the paragraphs I just wrote above. Trump, genius that he is, SEES the female genitalia as grist for the mill. I ask you, who else would!
“Incontinence” is a thundering salvo in this madness. I asked, in my last blog, what would you advise Hillary? The campaign has 75 days to run. Crooked Hillary, her e-mails, Benghazi, even the Clinton Foundation have about run their course. Judging from the polls, they haven’t worked for The Donald. His last chance – the debates.
Rachel Maddow interviewed Hillary’s campaign manager the other day. He came across more as a callow youth than someone familiar with fiends. Are The Donald and Steven licking their chops? I would assume so. The attack is on, an artillery barrage to weaken the enemy, even as we speak. First, Hilllary’s vulnerabilities as a woman, the weaker sex. She is physically limited, maybe some vague neurological problem, needs sleep. But the Big Item is Sex, and I would expect it in the debates. After Lear’s riff on the nether regions, Gloucester asked to kiss his King’s hand. “Let me wipe it first,” says Lear. “It smells of mortality.”
A German saying states you can only see what you know.
“Donald, we see you! We know what you’re up to.”
Of course, the question is, does Hillary? Trump piled up sixteen bodies on numerous debate stages by attacking his enemies brilliantly. If he can discombobulate Hillary, neither she nor the voters will know what hit them. But he will energize legions of white males. For them, how sweet it is, a champion in The Battle of the Sexes. Trump has his hand on a nuclear weapon, of sorts – female genitalia.
However bizarre, the question has to be answered – what was disgusting about Hillary using The Ladies Room? Trump said it four times to thunderous cheers. Obviously it hit a nerve with the voters at the rally.
Disgusting? Trump insisted it was unmentionable!
Or was saving it for the debates.