Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Trump’s performances are terrifying – but I can’t stop myself watching them

Emma Brockes
Ema Brocs
Trump’s pformnsz r teṛfayñ – bt I c’nt stop mslf woćñ ɖm

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 18 April 2020)

Ɖ prezidnt’s incrisñli unhinjd pformnsz at hiz teḷvîzd brīfñz r mor dstrbñ ɖn lîf in locdǎn

Ema Brocs, Saṭde 18 Epril 2020

‘It has been instructive to watch Trump slide into meltdown practically every day.’ Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
‘It hz bn instructiv t woć Trump slîd intu meltdǎn practicli evri de.’ Foṭgraf: Lūc̣s Jacsn/Rôtrz

Fr ɖ last munʈ in Ny Yorc, ɖ slf-cer rūlz v locdǎn hv lrćt wîldli az w figr ǎt hǎ t b at hom wɖt gwñ mad. In mî hǎs, w’v bn ʈru scedylz, no scedylz, dresñ in ɖ mornñ, nt dresñ in ɖ mornñ, aurz v scūlwrc t no scūlwrc. Az sn az w gt yst t wn ʈñ, it bcmz opresiv n w unravl n start agn. In ol v ɖs, hvr, ɖr hz bn wn, cnsistnt tenit v slf-preẓveśn: avôd woćñ Doṇld Trump at hiz Ẃît Hǎs brīfñz.

It’s nt olwz poṣbl. H’z olwz on, smẃr, pecñ ɖ er wɖ hiz handz, cōlñ rportrz hu asc tuf qsćnz “lǎd mǎɖz” n laśñ ǎt, bfr rtritñ intu rflexiv slf-prêz. It z strenj t rmembr a tîm, bfr ɖ vîṛs, ẃn sm aspect v ɖz pformnsz wz cmpelñ, ɖ carcraś qoḷti v “ẃt’s ɖs gai gwñ t se nxt?” so hard t pl awe fṛm. Nǎ, it’s imposbl t woć Trump wɖt jump-startñ a sns v fizicl rvulśn so xtrim it’s lîc a prelyd t vayḷns.

N yt. Ɖ dsiźn t tyn ǎt ɖ prezidnt in tîmz lîc ɖz olso fīlz lîc a deṛlix́n v dyti. W nǒ bî nǎ ɖr wl nvr b a goća-momnt wɖ Trump; ɖt hvr agresiv or cani a rportr’z qsć̣nñ, h’l nvr cnsid t ɖ slîtist err. Ɖ onli saṭsfax́n w’l gt z t woć aspects v ẃt, untl rīsntli, hz bn ɖ crimiṇli tem Ẃît Hǎs prescōr fîṇli adapt ɖer aproć t gt undr hiz scin; cīp t wn qsćn, cīp it śort, pś bac ẃn h blaɖrz n, ẃn h standz dǎn wn rportr, enśur ɖ mîc z pást bac t hr bî anɖr.

Nn v it landz. Bt it hz bn instructiv t woć Trump slîd intu meltdǎn practicli evri de az ɖz tactics unhinj him. Hiz nīd fr atnśn z so vast n hiz slf-awernis so stuntd, ɖt h cīps cmñ ǎt, standñ at ɖ podịm fr ẃt fīl lîc Fidel Castro strećz v tîm, apaṛntli untrubld bî ɖ posbiḷti ɖt hiz dêli pformns z ɖ most teṛfayñ aspect v ɖ hol crîsis.

Acć̣li ɖr z wn, īvn mor teṛfayñ aspect v Trump’s brīfñz, ẃć z ɖt, wɖ hiz uncani abiḷti t ple on ɖ firz n preɉdisz v hiz bes, nʈñ h hz dn wl unḍmain hiz popylaṛti. Ẃ wd it? Ɖ joc at ilex́ntîm wz ɖs gai’s gwñ t gt s ol cild, n nǎ a vrśn v ɖt pridix́n z acć̣li cmñ t pas, stl wn imajinz hiz blemśiftñ t ɖ Ćînīz, or ɖ Wrld Hlʈ Orġnîześn, or Yṛp, or ɖ Deṃcrats, wl b axptd bî ɖ sem ppl hu śrugd of ol hiz uɖr lūṇtic asesmnts.

Jo Bîdn, a dafi sntrist wɖ ẃt apird, jrñ ɖ prîṃri dbets, t b a nasti tmpr, pozz a sirịs ʈret t Trump t ɖ xtnt ɖt h c’nt rdys him t a sngl mnoṛticaṭgri. In hiz we, Bîdn, wɖ hiz lǎnjsñr swagr n er v totl slf-confidns, z az Teflon-cotd az Trump. H dz’nt swet ɖ dītelz, z pīviś ẃn ćalinjd n hz bn noun t tōc abṣlut garbij – ol xpreśnz, t a gretr or lesr dgri, v ɖ lîsns gvn t srtn ẃît men in poḷtics. At ɖs stej, ɖ stecs r so hî ɖt ol v ɖs hz t b swoloud or parct fr betr tîmz. Ol ɖt matrz z gtñ Trump of ɖ podịm.

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