21st Century: Query 171 (P.J. O'Rourke)
In 2016, political satirist and journalist P.J. O’Rourke endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump . O’Rourke stated that his endorsement of Clinton included her “lies and empty promises,” and said, “She’s wrong about absolutely everything, but she’s wrong within normal parameters.” What does O’Rourke mean by “…she’s wrong within normal parameters”? What does this reveal about the state modern politics? In recent years, how has negative behavior in political life become normalized and even accepted? If O’Rourke was willing to hold his nose and vote for Clinton despite her myriad shortcomings – at least in his mind – why would he choose her over her opponent? What does this reveal about Donald Trump ? In 2020, have O’Rourke’s misgivings about our current president come to fruition? How so (or not)?