I’m a huge fan of Joseph Heller’s American Classic, Catch-22. I’m also a big fan of Bette Midler, even though I’m vaguely familiar with her work beyond that of her appearances on Seinfeld.
Either way, Trump and Midler have had an ongoing tiff for many years. In 2012, he tweeted:
While @BetteMidler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2012
Now, I’d love to write a post about why this is offensive and sexist, but after reading this tweet a dozen or so times, I can’t actually figure out what he’s trying to say. If this is supposed to be a joke, it’s a terrible joke. If it’s not, this guy really needs a grammar lesson if he wants to be President.
Recently, Midler declared Trump’s success a catch 22 by comparing him to a character from the novel, Chaplain Captain Albert Taylor Tappman.
For those that are unaware, a catch 22, as explained by Wikipedia, is “a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules.” For example, if you’re looking for a job in a market where every employer requires previous experience, you’re caught in a catch 22 because no one will hire you for your lack of experience, and you therefore don’t have a way to obtain that experience.
In the novel, the protagonist is a WWII Air Force Bombardier who desperately wants to be sent home, but that privilege is reserved for those that are declared crazy. And surely, if someone has the mind to declare themselves crazy, then they are actually sane and should not be sent home.
Anyway, Bette Midler tweeted this earlier this year:
With credit. pic.twitter.com/8wrCbwEY49
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 4, 2016
I can’t get over how amazing this is. Thank you, Bette Midler, for pointing out that American citizens are about to elect a character from a satirical novel as their Commander And Chief.
Daily Kos, 2-8-2016