Satire fails to lay any short vulgar fingers on Trump

For all its percipience and its burlesque energy, You Can’t Spell America without Me misses the mark

26th November, 2017
Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live

You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President by Donald J Trump By Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen Bantam Press, €19

The Trump manner is easily recreated. Pile on the intensifiers (“phenomenal,” “great,” “really great,” “the likes of which the world has never seen”). Throw in a few capitalised words at random (“TAX CUTS,” “FAKE”). Add a climactic exclamation mark (“Sad!”)....

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