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Scarborough: Trump’s Rambling NY Times Transcript ‘Like William Faulkner on Acid’

Discursive. It’s a word that has been used a lot lately to politely describe President Donald Trump‘s free-form and stream-of-conscience manner of speaking in a more flattering light. Synonyms include “rambling,” “digressive,” and “wandering.”

But given the souring of the relationship between the President and  Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, it’s probably fair to say that Morning Joe co-hosts were being less generous in their description of audio of Trump’s recent interview with the New York Times, when Scarborough derisively described the audio “like William Faulkner on Acid.”

For the less well-read readers, Faulkner is a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning American author (The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying) who often employed a unique narrative style of seemingly disconnected plot lines and thoughts. And, for the less drug-literate readers, “acid” is colloquial term for the hallucinogenic drug LSD.

So what is Scarborough is signaling to viewers with this quip?  1) He’s smart enough to reference Faulkner; 2) He’s “hip” enough to know about the effects of “acid” and, perhaps most importantly, 3) He’s “brave” enough to disparage the President of the United States.

The commodification of dissent is alive and well.

Worth noting that Trump’s “discursive” manner of speaking is nothing new. And given last year’s very cozy relationship between then candidate Trump and Morning Joe, one can only assume that Joe and Mika once found his unique style of communications to be just one part of his overall charm.

But now? Not so much apparently.

Watch the clip above courtesy of MSNBC.

 

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