A Critic’s Point of View: The Photo Illusion of Trump’s Covid-19 Victory | Donald trump


The problem with Trump is that, as he told Bob Woodward, “I bring out the rage.” It’s hard to see this photo of him posing without a mask on the White House balcony after “winning” against Covid without the red haze falling.

For anyone with a sense of history, the echo of Mussolini on the balcony of Palazzo Venezia in Rome is undeniable. But many of his core constituents may know as little of history as he does, and besides, it’s the White House, with American flags by its side – again for many stages of democracy, not of dictatorship. Perhaps the real shock of the pose is its illusion. There are no crowds – he plays for himself and for the camera.

Trump imagines it is important for him to show off, like a medieval monarch miraculously recovered from the plague. In the maniacal act of narcissistic drama of this breathless patient, he is literally the most important man on earth, the first divinely chosen emperor of the republic. If Trump falls, it will be because people see the gap between his dream and American reality.

Sean Conley, center, Donald Trump’s doctor, and his “military crack squad” of doctors. Photographie: Evan Vucci / AP

In this photo, President Trump’s medics and nurses assemble like a military crack squad – perhaps instinctively since many are Army or Navy medics.

This surely reflects Trump’s unique vision of turning a medical crisis into a thrilling action flick of the kind you can’t see at a Cineworld near you. These tough guys were selected to fight the coronavirus in melee, by night death, after following the little enemy into his alien lair. They probably all easily remembered character quirks like chewing on a cigar butt, driving madness, or in the case of those hiding in the back, being female or not white.

On the other hand, these medics may have been ranked not so much as commandos as competitors in the opening episode of a reality TV show. These are the almost indecipherable layers of unreality that seem to surround Trump. There is a kind of grotesque genius in invoking wacky images like this around you, as if Salvador Dalí is the Commander-in-Chief. The neat arrangement resembles a human chess set in a surreal plaza.

This image may be one of our last chances to take advantage of the hyper-lucid fantasy world of a presidency where medics are warriors and anyone can beat Covid if he too throws a grenade of expensive drugs in. his foxhole.


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