Don’t nictitate, you might miss something

your say August 29, 2018 01:00

Re: “There are alternative views of Trump, of course”, Have Your Say, August 27. 

Was Dr Frank “nictitating” too much and missed the news? Or did he emit his latest Trumpophobic flatulence before the Iraq warmonger, John McCain, died on Saturday? (Note to readers: according to my Dr Franko-English dictionary, “nictitate” means blink. Why use only one syllable when three will do?)

Whatever the case, Dr Frank’s penultimate sentence, “not one word of sympathy comes from the White House”, has been trumped, as it were, by The Donald’s immediate tweet, “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you.” 

On a related subject, Somsak Pola (August 27) and Ye Olde Pedant (August 28) seem astonished at the idea of a non-white person being inducted into Dr Frank’s “Nictitating Trumpian Glove-Puppets” Hall of Fame. The notion that anyone with views to the right of Stalin is necessarily a white-skinned, goose-stepping, racist, fascist, segregationist, homophobic Nazi with a predilection for pointy white hats is of course patently absurd, and is propagated by the post-truth New World Order-ists (eg Dr Frank) when they lose any argument founded on fact, reason and common sense (eg from me).

Nigel Pike 

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