As with a Lib Dem coalition, what started as a humorous electoral stunt now has all the hallmarks of becoming a grim reality. The prospect of Donald Trump as President has lost its humour, just like a season of ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’, James Corden gurning to camera or anything you said as a teenager.
Many Republicans are now expressing the same level of sober regret normally reserved for drunken one-night-stands or a tattoo of your ex-girlfriend. One GOP member commented: ‘I thought it was harmless fun; I even had my fingers crossed when I filled out my ballot. I expected him a bloopers reel not the Whitehouse’.
Political commentators and comedy scriptwriters have likened the character of Trump to the ‘kind of thing’ Sacha Baron Cohen would come up with – but more racist. Called the ‘Al Murray effect’, it is dawning on the electorate that Trump may actually believe what he says and the literal meaning of his words have a ‘Jim Davidson’ quality.
With regards Leicester City FC dreams can become a reality, but as with all-things-Adam-Sandler, Trump is spiralling out of control. Whereas Tina Fey gave a verbatim parody of Sarah Palin, ironically quoting Trump sounds like you are plagiarizing ‘Mein Kampf’. As one voter said: ‘If there’s a joke, it’s on us’.