Stephen Colbert On “Trumpiness”

Over the years, whenever I’ve needed to remind myself to drop the logical analysis and recognize the post-policy nature of conservatives these days, I go back and listen to Stephen Colbert’s classic segment on Truthiness. No one has done a better job of capturing the Republican zeitgeist than he did.

Last night Stephen Colbert gifted us with a return of the character “Stephen Colbert” and a new segment of The Word dedicated to a new one: Trumpiness.

Basically, the definition of Trumpiness is: “If he doesn’t ever have to mean what he says, that means he can say anything.”

In order to deal with Trumpiness, you have two options: (1) Colbert-style: point and laugh, or (2) Voltaire-style: despair.

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Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60.