The World’s greatest expert on proverbs looks at Trump’s language, he finds
very little of it. The language a person uses reflects their worldview, so
it should come as no surprise that this artless president would propose the
elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. I explore this travesty
of language and thought in Donald and the Arts.
Trump instead traffics in power relations. Power is hierarchical, a vertical line that severs other patterns, connections, and meanings. Trump’s linguistic creativity has been limited to insults and name-calling—Pocahontas, Lyin’ Ted, Little Marco, Jeb “Low Energy” Bush.