Trumped by Trump

‘His wild disregard for the truth quickly surpassed that of any presidential candidate in modern history, prompting news outlets to begin calling Trump’s statements out very simply as “lies.”‘

Jeremy Diamond, CNN

The etymology dictionary provides an interesting origin for the word “trump.” One of it’s meanings is to “fabricate, devise,” 1690s, from trump “deceive, cheat” (1510s), from Middle English trumpen (late 14c.), from Old French tromper “to deceive,” of uncertain origin. Apparently from se tromper de “to mock,” from Old French tromper “to blow a trumpet.” Brachet explains this as “to play the horn, alluding to quacks and mountebanks, who attracted the public by blowing a horn, and then cheated them into buying ….”

All of which sounds remarkably like the mountebank (a person who deceives others, especially in order to trick them out of their money; a charlatan.) who has recently come to power in the US.

There’s an amusing essay by “Bock” at

“I’ve heard it suggested that Trump is experiencing dementia, which again, if true,  is not something he should be criticised for, but at the same time we have to be realistic. A demented person is not somebody who should be holding the BRB. A demented president is not somebody who should be forming friendships with Vladimir Putin. A demented commander-in-chief is not what the world needs at the head of the most powerful military machine in history.”

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