Friday, December 30, 2016

Thompson & Trump

FLG thought this was worth posting a link to, but Hunter S Thompson is very high on the FLG clickbait list:
 Most people read Hell’s Angels for the lurid stories of sex and drugs. But that misses the point entirely. What’s truly shocking about reading the book today is how well Thompson foresaw the retaliatory, right-wing politics that now goes by the name of Trumpism.


Not in the article, which is entirely focused on how Thompson supposedly predicted the inevitability of reactionary brute force politics of cast-off white males unable to cope with a changing world,  but another interesting connection between Thompson and Trump, and one that FLG has been trying to form into a coherent post, is the use of hyperbole and exaggeration to make a point.   Doesn't this seem entirely Trumpian:
People really believed that Muskie was eating Ibocaine. I never said he was. I said there was a rumor in Milwaukee that he was. Which was true. And I started the rumor in Milwaukee. If you read it carefully I'm a very accurate journalist.

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