In a brutally blunt– and highly sarcastic column — for the Bulwark, a conservative columnist compared Donald Trump’s comedic skills to those of a 13-year-old middle school boy attempting to make his friends laugh — only less successfully.
According to the Bulwark’s Christian Schneider, Trump’s inability to say something truly funny is the result of the fact that his attempts at jokes are largely witless or sophomoric at best.
“Attempting to delight his own fans, America’s Comedian-in-Chief Donald Trump has committed to his own style of humor, melding insult comedy with groan-inducing inappropriateness,” he writes, adding, “It seems to be working for Trump. His rallies are often accompanied by howls of laughter from the #MAGA-heads in attendance.”
Outside of Trump’s true believers, few find Trump funny in the least, he writes.
“Trump’s humor is largely dependent on the shock value of him saying things unbecoming of a U.S. president,” he explained. “Or, for that matter, a normal, well-adjusted adult. His sick burns are obvious, often juvenile nicknames he gives to people who are clearly renting space in his head: ‘Sleepy Joe,’ ‘Crooked Hillary,’ ‘Crazy Bernie,’ ‘Pocahontas,’ ‘Lyin’ Ted.’ Over the weekend, he dubbed Pete Buttigieg ‘Alfred E. Neuman,’ which does nothing but remind people how very old the president is.”
“None of Trump’s one-liners display clever turns-of-phrase or sharp insights. Instead, his biggest laugh lines—his insults—are sledgehammers, notable only in an ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe he said that’ sort of way. Such stream-of-consciousness observations take exactly zero talent; 13-year old boys are currently doing better routines at middle schools across the country,” he continued.
For conservatives who are not under Trump’s sway, having a Republican president this oafish is painful. — and the only laughter he induces is of the painful kind.
“But the only time Trump is truly funny is when he’s trying to be deadly serious. Watching him try to explain U.S. trade deficits with China is as adorable as viewing a rat on the New York City streets try to drag a piece of pizza up a flight of stairs. It’s funny because we’re not laughing with him; we’re laughing at him,” he concluded.
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