Thursday, 21 February 2019

Emergency Reassessments (When Bigots Fall Out)

I could do the wall over a longer period of time.
I didn’t need to do this.’ 
– Donald Trump to press, 15 February 2019.

Look, the only national emergency 
is that our president is an idiot.’
– Ann Coulter on KABC talk radio, 15 February 2019.

Inside twenty minutes 
of declaring a national emergency
over the imaginary crisis at the southern border
just so he can build his stupid wall,
President Trump in the Rose Garden
mentions in passing to the assembled press
that it’s not actually an emergency.

Oops. All over the USA,
Nazis are swopping their straight-arm salutes
for face-palms, and even Ann Coulter remarks 
that he is an idiot.

It’s all a horrible shock
for poor, Trump-trusting Ann,
so I guess she and I see things differently.
For me, given that Trump
is a vile, bigoted,
self-aggrandizing, mean-spirited,
grudgeful, thuggish, 
lying, mercenary,
grasping, groping con-man
(and all the rest that goes with
being an unprincipled narcissist
to the Nth delusional degree),
I’ve always thought that his idiocy 
is probably his best feature.

© David Bateman


David had his most recent book, Shtum: The Stutter Poems published by Iron Press, 2016. It’s available from Iron Press, Amazon and elsewhere. ‘punchy poems... told with wit and invention’ – The Crack Magazine.