In “A Modest Proposal,” written in 1729, Jonathan Swift suggested that the Irish eat their children to combat famine and mass hunger. Yesterday Trump suggested that the country resume its normal activities and go back to work on Easter weekend. It would be, according to Trump, a Great Resurrection.
But here’s the difference between the two proposals. Swift was being satirical and poking fun at (or calling out) the aristocracy. Trump was dead serious. And, if taken seriously by too many people, his immodest proposal would result in real “killing fields” across our country. Older people in the first place, but younger generations as well. What Trump said wasn’t simply ill considered, it was criminal and worthy of jail time. Short of that, he should be unceremoniously evicted from the White House on Election Day this November.