“The criminal Democrats cheat like nobody’s ever cheated before,” Trump declares to his rally crowd in any state where he aims his hostility ammo. Hopefully the cheer he gets in return is canned content because there is not a shred of a basis for the rabble-rousing statement.
“Mexicans are rapists,” Trump declared as he descended the escalator in his fool’s gold Trump Tower in Manhattan with foreign-born trophy wife Melania behind him. The cheer he got there has been rumored to be a paid audience of unemployed New York City actors. True or not, the intro worked and America was off on a crash course to discover its decency beneath the pizzazz of hyperbole.
A hyperbole is an exaggeration not meant to be taken literally. “I musta done a thousand push-ups,” is an acceptable overstatement that hurts nobody. “Democrats are lying cheaters” is a baseless claim that hurts a lot of people.
“The election was stolen from me” goes beyond hyperbole. The claim went through every possible court challenge and it came up empty. It went through numerous recounts and audits, including by the GOP hired Cyber Ninjas. Bupkis. Even so, 60 percent of Americans will have an election denier on the ballot that will determine the conduct of all future elections. In the 2022 midterm elections, America’s integrity is on the ballot and that is no hyperbole.
In the 2016 election that landed Donald Trump in the White House, a college-educated White suburban woman defended her vote for Trump by saying she was electing a leader, not a saint. That view was aired after release of the shocking Access Hollywood tape where Trump bragged that women let him grab their privates because he was a star. His wife Melania defended him by saying boys will be boys.
Six years later, those boys are men who are Proud Boy conscripts in the Trump plot to overthrow the American government. The plot itself seems a hyperbole except that America as the bastion of democracy to the world is on the verge of collapse.
The good news is that the 2022 midterm elections are an opportunity to tell Donald Trump that he no longer has the right to grab any of our parts, private or public. America is putting hyperbole back into its proper place of not being taken seriously.