I realized this morning that a single key word has been missing, or at least greatly underused, in reporting Donald Trump’s discourse.Â Kevin Drum did too, about when I did, and used it correctly in his hed. Perhaps some quantum entanglement at work?
Whining: petulant, ineffectual, resentful, self-absorbed pleas for sympathy. What weak, annoying, people do to get attention when they can’t actually do anything deserving of attention.Â China’s taking our jobs! The judge in the Trump U. case is unfair! The press is sleazy! Imagine my surprise to find that the Donald himself hipped us to this perfect word for his style almost a year ago, and quite explicitly!
Whiney, whining, whine. Perfect; the word we’ve all been groping for. Let’s use it a lot.