Lincoln and Spartacus are & nbsp; in a boat

Lincoln and Spartacus are & nbsp; in a boat

Politicians have always used history. To follow in the wake of glorious predecessors, to establish ideological continuity, to stand out from dark periods or mistakes of the past. With Donald & nbsp; Trump, the use of historical facts takes a turn, say, original.

Last year, he spoke of his hero Andrew & nbsp; Jackson, the 7th president of the United States, claiming that he spoke out against the disasters of the American Civil War. The problem is that Jackson, himself a slave owner, died in 1845, sixteen years before the start of the Civil War. A detail, or even one of these "fake news" peddled by phony media.

On September 6, on tour in Billings, Montana, Donald Trump made a return to the American Civil War, this time comparing himself to… Abraham Lincoln himself, referring to the famous Gettysburg speech, delivered after the Battle of the same name, in & nbsp; 1863. This speech, which countless American schoolchildren know by heart, paid tribute to the dead and called for the union of the American people to remain a free nation and that "the government of the people, by the people, for the people, is not erased from this earth ". In the language of Trump, whose orality and syntax that goes with it should be respected, this is how it works, verbatim.

"You know, when Abraham & nbsp; Lincoln gave his Gettysburg speech, the grand speech, you know he was ridiculed? He was ridiculed. He left the White House in a horse-drawn carriage, he wrote it partly in the car and partly in the office of Lincoln's room, which is incredible, by the way, in the White House.

"And then he went up to Gettysburg, and he gave his speech, the Gettysburg speech. And he was condemned by the phony media. They had bogus media at the time. He was sentenced.

"They said it was a terrible, terrible speech. They said it was way too short. It’s not long. Many of us know it by heart. It was way too short, and it was too flowery. It was too flowery, "four score and seven years ago", eh 1776, year of independence], huh? Too flowery. And he is dead.

"Fifty after his death, they said it was perhaps the greatest speech ever made in America. I feel like that's what's going to happen to us. In a different way, this is what will happen to us. "

Whether Lincoln actually took the train and not a horse-drawn car does not matter. No doubt Trump wanted to make more flowers with the sleigh. But that the journalists of the time reported the event in a rather favorable or even glowing manner, on the other hand, was immediately reported by the famous phony media, while Twitter was having fun, as evidenced by this arrow: "Remember, Abraham Lincoln said that Trump was the best president ever, with the highest scores."

Without prejudging what posterity for Donald & nbsp; Trump's term will say, there & nbsp; there is at least good news: the President, who spends his time bombing his chest, realizes and admits that he is ridiculed. We didn’t notice it, but it’s a way of progress.

The same day, another politician also took the risk of being ridiculed, with a completely different recourse to history. Democratic Senator Cory & nbsp; Booker, during hearings for confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court, threatened to release secret documents, a move that would have effectively deported him from the Senate. And commented on his gesture, saying, "Never have I felt closer to a moment:" I am Spartacus, "" named after the rebel slave who raised armies against Rome - note that Senator Booker is black. We will soon learn that, in reality, the documents had been declassified that morning and that the senator was not risking much ... Embarrassing.

The fact that Senate hearings are filmed and widely watched in the United States encourages this type of grandiloquent protrusions, intended to "make the buzz". Potential 2020 presidential candidates, including Senator Booker, have grown accustomed to using his audiences to increase their personal visibility. Better inspired, California Senator Kamala Harris, also a candidate for 2020, preferred to use her vast experience as a prosecutor to put on the grill, with exemplary courtesy and firmness, Justice Kavanaugh, whose hostility is known to abortion. The exchange, watched by almost 2 million people, culminated in this question: "Can you think of a single law that gives government the power to make decisions over the bodies of men?" Dazed, the judge stammered, before the senator asked her question again, to get this answer: "I don't ... I don't have any in mind right now, senator." Rather than referring improperly to the male heroes of history, Kamala Harris, by making palpable the very real threat which weighs henceforth on abortion in the United States, pointed more gravely than the history is made every day in the places of power. And that it can also be undone.

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