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Tiffany Midge: The second coming of the Indian killer president






A statue of Andrew Jackson in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: american_rugbier

This one is no joking matter. Poet Tiffany Midge, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, draws parallels between Donald Trump and Andrew Jackson, who is widely reviled as one of the worst presidents when it comes to Indian Country:
I read in the New York Times last month that President Trump aka Wild Bill Hiccup [sic], spent the afternoon of his second day in office, poring over the Whitehouse’s art collection, and selecting a painting in which to grace the oval office. I imagine him asking himself, which painting defines me? What will best represent my great and powerful brand? Who is the bigliest [sic] of them all, besides myself? He finally settled on a portrait of Andrew Jackson, notorious mass murderer, a historical figure that Trump clearly admires.

How did Ronald Reagan, insane clown president in chief, come to this conclusion about Andrew Jackson, anyway? I imagine Trump sitting alone in the Whitehouse kitchen with his bachelor dinner of steak tartare with catsup, fava beans and a nice Chianti, while enjoying a documentary about Andrew Jackson on the History Channel. If the idea of the president watching anything other than Fox News is too implausible, then let’s say that someone unloaded a pair of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson tickets on him instead. I don’t imagine Trump would have liked the play—he might have been misled to assume it featured The Rockettes, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

According to the The New York Times, many close to Trump have drawn parallels between him and Andrew Jackson, calling Trump a natural successor to Jackson, referring to both as “men of the people,” and hallmarks of political populism. Yet, who knows what the attraction is? It is clear that Trump admires Putin as well. What other dictators and megalomaniacs does Wild Bill Hiccup [sic] admire?

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