A Delightful Close Reading of a Terrible Trump Poem

Emily Temple takes apart a horrible inaugural poem for Donald Trump written by Jospeh Charles MacKenzie. It really is terrible, faux-classical, Scottish-themed drivel, based on rhyming couplets, heavy handed metaphors, and railing against Trump’s (and the alt-right’s) perceived enemies. Take this stanza for example: 

Whilst hapless old harridans flapping their traps
Teach women to look and behave like us chaps,

The Domhnall defends the defenseless forlorn;
For, a woman’s first right is the right to be born.

Now the bonnie young lassies that fly to the crowd
Have a champion in Domhnall, the best of MacLeod!

The last line is a “refrain at the end of each stanza […] to be recited by the Inaugural crowd.” Ugh.    

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