Exclusively Online | Spring 2021 Issue

“A Lighter Look” — Apologies, Shakespeare

Rick Meyer's regularly appearing column takes a lighter look at politics and public affairs around the world. This month: Apologies, Shakespeare

By Richard E. Meyer

Friends, voters, countrymen, lend me your ears;

I, Trump, come to bury Sleepy Joe, not to praise him.

The words that men say live after them;

Their deeds are oft interred with their bones;

So let it be with Crazy Joe. The noble Kamala

Fears this low-IQ individual is ambitious:

If so, then it is a grievous fault,

And grievously will Slow Joe answer for it.

He will answer to me. I will bury him in ballots.

Here, under leave of Kamala and the rest–

For Kamala is an honourable person;

So are they all, all honourable people–

Come I to speak about Joe’s silence.

He does not say whether he will run again:

And noble Kamala would like to run herself.

I am here to speak what I do know.

I, Donald Trump, will run again for president.

In many ways, I am doing so now.

You all did love me once, not without cause:

What cause withholds you then, from loving me now?

O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,

And people have lost their reason. Bear with me;

My heart is already in the campaign.

And I cannot pause till it come back to me.

– The Trumper (Act 3, Scene 2, lines 73–108)

The Last Laugh:
“Shakespeare was, like, the ultimate rapper.”
– The Onion

Richard E. Meyer

Richard E. Meyer

Meyer is the senior editor of Blueprint. He has been a White House correspondent and national news features writer for the Associated Press and a roving national correspondent and editor of long-form narratives at the Los Angeles Times.

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