Trumptopia is now on the horizon. And it’s an ugly world, whose most despicable advocates have only received a quiet mitten-slap on the wrist from King Donald the Orange. Which is weird, because he’s got less self-control than a sickly cat vomiting repeatedly on your best carpet. In fact, he’s now decided to soften the impact of his unpredictability by providing US citizens with a “big, beautiful, powerful rulebook – the most beautiful the world has ever seen”. His words, not ours.
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Trump has already threatened flag-burners with jail time or loss of citizenship. And people who refuse to stand for the national anthem seem to disgust him more than neo-Nazis saying “Hail Trump”. So we know where his priorities lie.
But now, just to make it all crystal clear, he’s actually set these priorities out in a rulebook (to be published at his coronation in January 2017). Again, these are his words, not ours:
- I, King Donald the Orange, prohibit the defacing of all Stars and Stripes. That means the flag. And that means people can no longer wear Converse All Stars. Everyone must keep these in glass cabinets so they never come in contact with the ground. That’s just bad. Very bad. The worst, in fact. Also, everyone must pin their Adidas trousers to the wall and salute them every morning. And that’s the case for all stars, and all stripes. Wherever you find them. Bing bing. Bong bong. Bing bing bing. Got it?
- I, King Donald the Orange, decree that freedom of expression is a liberal creation to destroy America and is no longer acceptable. The Founding Fathers? Establishment elites. Just wrong. So wrong, people. You wouldn’t believe how wrong they were. Now, freedom is only acceptable if I say so. And I say that people are free to be racist, sexist, or homophobic. It’s not good, but it’s OK. Refusing to stand for the national anthem, though. Illegal. So illegal. And burning flags? The most illegal thing ever. Bing bing. Bong bong. Bing bing bing. Got it?
And the list goes on. Trump also named gold as the new national colour – decreeing that all citizens must kneel before all that is gold. If not, authorities will cover them in gold paint like in Goldfinger. The national bird, meanwhile, will be the golden eagle rather than the bald eagle. Because it would just be too expensive to put a Trump-style wig on all of North America’s bald eagles. Obviously.
Big problem. Such a big problem. The biggest!
But Trump’s rulebook may have also sown the seeds of his own demise. One of his rules is that US citizens must call him “His Royal Highness King Donald the Orange” when he takes power in January. And this decree has already sent shockwaves throughout America.
Even among many people who thought Trump’s casual misogyny and racism were acceptable in this year’s election campaign, talk of a monarchy in the US is apparently a step too far. One Trump fan who Off The Perch interviewed said: “Calling whole groups of people criminals and terrorists? Well that’s just freedom of expression. But ‘His Royal Highness’? Not in my America. We fought for centuries against Aliens and Antarctic oppressors to get rid of those monarch-monkeys. They’re not coming back on my watch.”
In short, while going after his opponents may not have been enough to get him out of power, his dreams of a golden palace (full of misogynistic jesters from the 60s and bowing, compliant servants) may have been just one step too far for some Trump supporters.