Monday, July 13, 2020
July 13, 2020

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Letter: President needs interpretation


Political correctness was a minor issue in the 2016 presidential election. The political right says we don’t need all that nonsense. The result was a walking, talking Tweet-storm, king of political incorrectness by the name of Donald J. Trump. Some of his followers actually enjoy his behavior.

However, his administration seems to have legions of linguists whose job is it is to interpret the presidential language and to explain what he “actually” means or explain what the president’s “feelings” were at the time. They do this knowing he may contradict them by saying he meant what he said or tweeted the very next day.

Frequently these interpretations tell us: he is having a bad day, he was very upset, he was being sarcastic, and (the most recent) he was joking. Jokes about COVID-19 testing are popular these days and he is such a humorist that he needs to balance all that illness and death with humor (sarcasm!). The most odd and interesting thing about these repeated attempts at interpretation of the president is to make his great words and tweets appear more “politically correct”.

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