Not all of Philip Roth's best work appeared in the pages of an award-winning novel. Roth, a celebrated author who passed away on Tuesday, once penned some devastating analysis on President Trump, calling him a "callow and callous killer capitalist."
In correspondence with The New Yorker last year, Roth drew parallels between Trump and aviator Charles Lindbergh, who features prominently in Roth's novel The Plot Against America as an isolationist president during the 1940s.
"It is easier to comprehend the election of an imaginary president like Charles Lindbergh than an actual president like Donald Trump," Roth wrote. "Lindbergh, despite his Nazi sympathies and racist proclivities, was a great aviation hero who had displayed tremendous physical courage and aeronautical genius in crossing the Atlantic in 1927. He had character and he had substance and, along with Henry Ford, was, worldwide, the most famous American of his day. Trump is just a con artist."
Roth went on to further eviscerate Trump, who he called "humanly impoverished" compared to other former presidents.
"Trump is: ignorant of government, of history, of science, of philosophy, of art, incapable of expressing or recognizing subtlety or nuance, destitute of all decency, and wielding a vocabulary of 77 words that is better called Jerkish than English," wrote Roth. Read more of Roth's comments on modern politics at The New Yorker. Summer Meza
It might be a rough day for President Trump and Stephen Bannon, but somewhere Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is … smiling.
Chaos erupted earlier Wednesday after The Guardian published quotes from a new tell-all book about the Trump White House, which cited Bannon, the president's former chief strategist, as he blasted Trump's top campaign aides over a highly-scrutinized meeting with a Russian lawyer (among other things). Trump quickly fired back at his one-time campaign CEO, issuing an official statement that claimed that "when [Bannon] was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind."
McConnell, of course, is no fan of Bannon, nor Bannon of McConnell. The Senate map is serving as something of a proxy war for the pair, with McConnell pushing mainstream Republican candidates while Bannon "is recruiting a small army of 'populist nationalist' congressional candidates," NBC News writes.
Needless to say, the official account for McConnell's re-election campaign didn't need to add any comment to the tweet it fired off Wednesday afternoon:
— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) January 3, 2018
Cold. Jeva Lange