A ‘Surety’ of Terrifying Ignorance

May 18, 2017

Another episode of bright, glaring sunshine this late-morning Thursday on California’s north coast, though, any attempt at warmth is filtered via a chilly ocean breeze — find a wind-block, like a wood fence or whatever, and the environment becomes way-nice.
Good weather like today’s is forecast for the next couple of weeks…

Insight this morning into the T-Rump horror-hole from Tony Schwartz, ghostwriter of T-Rump’s “The Art of the Deal,” and the state of our state:

“There is no right and wrong for Trump…There’s winning and losing. And that’s very different from right and wrong. Right now he’s in pure terror that he is going to lose. And by the way, he is going to lose.”

He told Jane Mayer last July, Trump’s election ‘“…an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”

(Illustration: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Self Portrait Facing Death‘ (June 30, 1972), was originally found here).

As events unfold in DC, and the T-Rump tweeting the Russkie investigative thing, including the appointment yesterday of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel (ABC News): ‘“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”
Shit…

Yesterday another word-shit toss-up — via Newsweek and the T-Rump’s speech at the US Coast Guard Academy:

“Look at the way I’ve been treated lately,” he continued. “Especially by the media. No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse, or more unfairly. You can’t let them get you down. You can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams.”

Huh? What is this, ‘surety,’ and how does it relate?

In case you were wondering, “surety” is a word, just not the one Trump was looking for.
Oxford defines a “surety” as “a person who takes responsibility for another’s performance of an undertaking, for example their appearing in court or the payment of a debt.”
There is also what Oxford calls the word’s archaic definition — “for certain”—which is a little bit closer to what Trump was going for.
For some reason, though, we doubt the president’s usage was culled from his deep well of knowledge of archaic word definitions.
Merriam-Webster’s Twitter account, which has been calling Trump out for months, has yet to weigh in on the issue.

Meanwhile, back to the ghostwriter:

Schwartz said he believes Trump will soon start trying to “figure out a way to resign” instead of potentially facing impeachment proceedings or enduring “continuing humiliation.”
“He wants to figure out a way — as he’s done all his career — to turn a loss into a victory,” Schwartz said.
“And so he will declare victory when he leaves.”

And hopefully will leave civilization somewhat intact…

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