Who is the Donald’s Dulcinea?


1955, Picasso

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,

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-23-17-42that you had been asked before the video was released what Mr Trump would have said about women in the circumstances in which it was recorded. Would you have thought that Mr. Trump would say:

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.

* Adapted from Bryon’s 1814 poem
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  • bob mudge (@bobmudge51)  On February 12, 2017 at 12:29

    I will always be grateful to Theodore Dalrymple for steering me to Stefan Zweig. Having said that, it’s getting tiresome listening to the catterwalling from journalists across the pond concerning the election of Donald Trump. He has all the failings you collectively mention with the appropriate smirk, and then some. Did you really expect us to elect yet another Globalist in the vein of Obama? And one with a Supreme Court pick to edge the Court to the side of Communism for the next 100 years? What process, exactly, do you think is destroying Europe, as we speak? Give us credit for taking the path less chosen. One that has a chance of slowing down this collectivist juggernaut. Keep your new Muslim friends on your shores, we’ll keep our Donald here, and we’ll call it even.

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