Nearly two decades ago, The Onion printed one of its funniest, most-memorable headlines ever: “Marilyn Manson Now Going Door-To-Door Trying To Shock People.”

“Stung by flagging album sales and Eminem’s supplanting him as Middle America’s worst nightmare,” the satirical story began, “shock rocker Marilyn Manson has embarked on a door-to-door tour of suburbia in a desperate, last-ditch effort to shock and offend average Americans.”

I thought about that story on Thursday night while watching President Trump tangle with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.

For Americans who spent the evening flipping back-and-forth between the dueling town halls featuring Trump on NBC and former Vice President Joe Biden on ABC, a contrast between the two presidential candidates was clear. Biden was, in the view of many observers, “refreshingly boring,” giving expansive and wonky answers to voter questions.

The president, meanwhile, was combative as ever, railing against Guthrie as she subjected to him to a series of extraordinary questions — about white supremacy, about QAnon and other conspiracy theories — and complaining about the unfairness of it all. “Why aren’t you asking Joe Biden why he doesn’t condemn antifa?” Trump lamented.

“You’re the president,” Guthrie responded at one point, “not someone’s crazy uncle.”

Trump’s town hall lasted …read more

Source:: The Week – Politics


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