If, writes Dalrymple, the Knight of the Sad Countenance
had been caught saying the things about his Dulcinea del Toboso that Mr Trump said about women, that would have been a cause of shock and surprise.
If anyone decided not to vote for the Donald
because of what he was caught on video saying a few years ago, that person must have had such little insight into human character that it calls into question the propriety of his having the vote at all.
Suppose, says Dalrymple,
They walk in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in their aspect and their eyes.*
I do not think so.
Dalrymple asks if anyone could really have been shocked or surprised by the Donald’s remarks about women. There was, says Dalrymple,
something ersatz and opportunistic about the indignation that greeted their diffusion.