Who said it? Donald Trump? Or a villain from a Cormac McCarthy novel?

There’s a lot to learn from this New York Times article about Donald Trump, including the fact that Mitt Romney and Reince Priebus played their parts in making Trump the candidate he is today. But I am fascinated by and fixated on the point that Trump is out to prove he cannot be mocked, belittled, disregarded, or laughed at any longer. The last paragraph reads:

“‘A lot of people have laughed at me over the years,’ [Trump] said in a speech days before the New Hampshire primary. ‘Now, they’re not laughing so much.’”

When I read that paragraph, my mind immediately raced to a story within a story – one told by “the captain,” a Mexican law enforcement officer in Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses. John Grady, the book’s main character, challenges the captain’s extrajudicial execution of a youth named Jimmy Blevins: ”You didn’t have to kill him…. You could of just brought him back. You could of just brought him back to the truck. You didn’t have to kill him.” In response, the captain tells a story. I’ve pasted the whole story below. It’s worth reading the whole thing, but it ends with these lines:

“When I come back there is no laughing. No one is laughing. You see. That has always been my way in this world. I am the one when I go someplace then there is no laughing. When I go there then they stop laughing.”


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