“I have the power,” screams an excessively orange-skinned man with a ridiculous haircut, his voice echoing as he points his weapon forward. After introducing himself vis-a-vis his royal lineage and summoning the strength of his castle, the man transforms into a hulking beast. This, of course, is the opening sequence to the cartoon He-Man, the alter-ego of Adam, Prince of Eternia.
As multiple memes have shown, there’s an odd, albeit dark, similarity between the cartoon and our cartoonish president. Both come from wealth and harness their supremacy from real estate. Both have odd manes and unique skin; He-Man’s is indestructible while Con-Man’s is notoriously thin. Prince Adam wields a sword; Prince Donald wields a Twitter account. Both have a devastatingly powerful (alter-) ego. The most important differentiator between them is that one fights against evil personified (Skeletor), while the other fights with it (Steve Bannon).
Although Trump and his administration have been viewed mostly as an increasingly not-so-funny joke, his transgressions have grown more severe over the past seven months: denying easily observable facts; making up preposterous lies; denigrating women, minorities, the office and the country; possibly colluding with Russia, enabling sycophantic fools, etc.
He’s lost the trust and respect of 75% of the American public, European leaders openly laugh at his speeches and reportedly play “word bingo” with his severely limited vocabulary, and even his own staff is leaking damaging information and fighting among themselves.
The fast-flying swirl of reality show-esque drama has swept us all through a delirious farrago of emotions — anger, disbelief, laughter, fear, sadness — since November 8. While the credibility and viability of the U.S. democratic system might be on the line, the greater danger to us all lies in a very scary possibility: Prince Donald’s Con-Man alter-ego on the war path.
Prince Donald: Father of all bombasts
The news has been awash with the story of an overweight leader crowned under a bad haircut threatening to use a nuclear arsenal. Only in 2017 could that statement be legitimately referring to more than one man.
On one end, there’s t