What does “it” mean in that sentence? What does “is” mean? Circular logic, well, is what it is. The first “it” would seem to imply facts, truths, or simply popular biases. The second “it” only works under its conjunction with “is,” which, as President Clinton knows, is a claim to some sort of knowledge of reality that at a minimum its audience is supposed to accept as true. A literal translation would go something like: “I tell you about the world like I think I (either) believe (or) want to exploit your (superlimited, necessarily biased) supposed understanding of.” If you’ve seen a single episode of any reality show, you’ve heard someone say, “It is what it is.” Whatever Trump means, we’re talking a deprivation of intellect, a mimesis of the televisual imagination.
Demagogue, narcissist, product of privilege to whom no one has ever said “no”: however you want to type him, Trump’s a product of our ethos/value-free fame-sucking culture as much as any Kardashian. Can we break it down for you? Thus: John McCain, war hero if nothing else, says Trump’s vile stereotyping of Mexicans brings out the “crazies”. Trump, pretending he doesn’t understand English, says McCain was calling the attendees at his event “crazies” (which, mind you, is just a mild insult). What any native speaker knows he meant is that Trump’s asinine idea of building a Great Wall of China on our border encourages fantasists and scape goaters who need some mass of humans to blame for the state of the world. (N.B. Trump supporters skew to white men who have only high school degrees, who are indeed being screwed by technology and globalism, but who also seem to think they should never have to do anything to keep up with change. Just resist.) Based on this dumb anger (T. is the thinnest-skinned man ever to run in the digital age), Trump clearly demeans McCain’s war service. I mean, if he doesn’t “like” vets who were captured, what about those killed? Were they just losers who didn’t fight hard enough? Trump’s draft deferments are well documented, including this excellent take down in the WaPo:http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/07/20/what-donald-trump-was-up-to-while-john-mccain-was-suffering-as-a-prisoner-of-war/.
McCain acts like a decent human being, does not demand apology to him, but to those who served. (If you know anyone who did serve in Vietnam, you know with 90% certainty they do not agree, not to say they’d want him run through with a bayonet at the end of a rifle or anything.) Trump pretends he was not voicing off-the-cuff anger in a dumbass way, but he was concerned that, somehow, because all problems with the VA have not been solved like one solves a contract dispute with undocumented (not the word Trump would likely use) Mexican workers on a giant casino or something, that he “cares” about vets, and will completely solve all administration problems with the VA, because: businessman born to millions who now has billions.
This is old news, which is precisely the point. Essentially what we have is Postmodern Man or, as David Foster Wallace coined, an Outsized Feral Infant. There is no reality besides that in his head, and the heads of those who naively take the bait he’s got on offer. While it is amusing to think about how Trump would manage a meeting with a hostile foreign leader, when he said something off-the-cuff that might possibly cause new hostility and death, and then blame the press when the all-out war in Ukraine started WWIII, in which of course his progeny would not serve, because they were busy bilking money out of investors who believed in the Myth of Trump, we’d rather not. Think Putin–his model–equally divorced from the notion that others exist in this world and deserve respect, and equally besotted with Himself.
Thus also: Megyn Kelly asks a perfectly contemporary debate question about “sexist things sexist people say in modern media” and she becomes the villain for, what? No one who watches Fox News for edification will remember what she asked come next year.