a trumpolyte attends or assists his/her leader religiously

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 . . .