Week 8 News Post: They’ve Got Whats-its and Gaffes-its Galore

Slapstick comedy is a pretty base form of entertainment and yet it has thrived for centuries. Everyone likes to watch someone else fall flat on their face or make a mistake or get flicked on the nose for saying something stupid, and the same thing goes with judging politicians. Gaffes are the slapstick of politics. In our readings it talks about how closely politicians are judged for veering even slightly from their portrayed image whether it be in action or words and how they try to make amends for their blunders. This election has had PLENTY of gaffes and the media have done its job in covering them right along with the public’s job of judging them.

In the article at http://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2016/09/gaffe-track-trump-wants-clintons-bodyguards-to-disarm/500633/,one such gaffe naturally comes from Mr. Donald Trump when he said, “I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons. I think they should disarm. Immediately. Let’s see what happens to her. Take their guns away. O.K. It’ll be very dangerous” (Graham, David. Gaffe Track). Trump’s team has not bothered to get him to defend the statement or apologize for it. It just seems like another one of Trump’s word-vomit moments when he is either too arrogant or too dense to realize what he said was offensive. Clinton is not innocent in this area either. She might have 30,000 gaffes she will have to explain and apologize for later. Stay tuned.


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