a trumpolyte attends or assists his/her leader religiously

Es­ti­mated reading time is 2 min­utes.

TRUMPOLYTE! Did I just coin a word? It com­bines the sur­name of the cur­rent Pres­i­dent of the United States with the word acolyte. Orig­i­nally, an acolyte was “one who as­sists a member of the clergy in a litur­gical ser­vice by per­forming minor du­ties.” And it sure does look to us non-believers that there sure is a lot of that ol’ time re­li­gion mixed up with the be­liefs of to­day’s so-called “con­ser­v­a­tives.”

It has passed into a more generic use to mean “one who at­tends or as­sists a leader; a fol­lower.” And here fol­lower means “one that fol­lows the opin­ions or teach­ings of an­other” and “one that im­i­tates another.”

As I said, to­day’s Rep*blican voters ap­pear to have a religious-like de­vo­tion to their po­lit­ical and cul­tural leaders and he­roes. So while en­gaged in an email con­ver­sa­tion with Maryann Heimel, I spon­ta­neously typed the word Trumpolyte.


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Maryann Heimel is re­spon­sible for keeping me abreast of the best Trump po­lit­ical car­toons of the day, like this one by Robert Matson for Roll Call.

Since I didn’t know if someone had al­ready beat me to the punch and coined the term, I as­sem­bled this ar­ticle and readied it for pub­li­ca­tion thinking, “If I look up Trumpolyte on Google and it’s not there, I can launch this im­me­di­ately and be The First!” Then I thought, “Who cares? Just post this and if I’m first or twenty-first, what the hey, heyna?”


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FEA­TURED IMAGE: I went looking for some dismal grey photo of the Berlin Wall from the ’50s to make some kind of metaphor­ical state­ment about building such a wall and what it brings to my mind. Then I found all these col­orful photos of the wall after its East Berlin vs West Berlin heyday.

So now it’s got me thinking that maybe we should let the Trumpolytes have their way and fund a wall! Think of what an enor­mous canvas both sides of a 2,000-mile long, enor­mously ex­pen­sive, impossible-to-protect, counter-productive wall be­tween “us” and “them” would give am­bi­tious graf­fiti artists from both countries!

Plus, some­time in the fu­ture, thou­sands of lib­erals would get to tear the silly thing down and re­duce it to rubble amid world­wide ap­plause. And maybe then we Amer­i­cans could look some­what sane again to the rest of the world.

POST­SCRIPT: So I pub­lished this and then went to Google and typed in “trumpolyte” and not only am I not first, there’s al­ready a hashtag for the term! All I can say is that someone be­hind that hashtag who beat me to the punch sure am smart . . .



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