The Washington Post has best summarized Trump's Nurem- Harrisburg rally last night (organized so that his tender ego would not be present at the Correspondents' roasting): "As much as the crowd stood with their man, they, like the president, wouldn’t mind some wins. After all, he’d promised that there would be so much winning, Americans would be bored.
"They’re not bored yet."
But we are. Informed opinion, from right to left, is already palsied — a mere 100 days in — by Trump Fatigue: the monotony of bluster, the tedium of banality, the unbroken dullness of this horrible little man's fraudulence. The conservative Kathleen Parker opines that "disliking Trump, even for all the right reasons, is exhausting and unsustainable. It’s also boring." The liberal Frank Bruni notes that "even outrage grows boring, and it begins to [dangerously] feel pointless."
The danger is obvious. The menace of Trump is endlessly remarkable, although remarking on such every day — and for another 1,359 days — is also exhausting. Hence through exhausted neglect, the menace could morph into the commonplace. We would then be in even deeper trouble, for Trump has no problem with sustaining his fraudulence. As he did last night.
With characteristic Trumpian bluster, he blew right by all the remarkable betrayals of his base. He has folded "the Wall," he has wimped out on Obamacare, he has flipped on NATO and flopped on NAFTA, he has ditched "America First" with a Syria intervention (more to come), and yesterday he dissembled on China like a Goebbels on Poland. "I don’t think right now is the best time to call China a currency manipulator," he said, subsequent to publicly conceding that China is, after all, not a currency manipulator.
Perhaps even more sickeningly characteristic of Trump and Trumpism was his mind-blowing take on his speaking venue. Before the atrocity of the 2016 election, which he actually lost, he described Harrisburg, Pa. as "just rotting … just a war zone." Last night? He proclaimed Harrisburg a "beautiful" town. The war zone earned him deafening cheers from the incurably gullible, as did its remarkable transformation into a beautiful place. That pushed even Oceania's boundaries of Big-Brother bullshit, but for Trump it was just another day's labor in bamboozling the boobs.
It's exhausting, all this Orwellian humbug. And, to those of us intellectually stimulated by the challenges of reality — not the indulgence of bullshit — Trump's humbug is already deadly boring. Thus our greatest challenge is, pace Parker, that of sustaining a lively outrage at the unprecedented menace of Trump. It won't be easy.