Peter Cavanaugh

Is Trump like King George? Cavanaugh states his case

Columnist Peter Cavanaugh compares President Donald Trump to King George III.
Columnist Peter Cavanaugh compares President Donald Trump to King George III. Associated Press file

We live in the midst of evil enchantment.

Must be a season of the witch.

What else could account for this curse?

The Trump is as mad as King George.

Fox News friends – George III succeeded to the throne of England in 1760 at the age of 22. That means he became king.

Three years later, with the British Empire mired in debt from the Seven Years War, King George thought his colonies across the Atlantic should step up and help pay the tab. It was ordered they do the stepping by stamping. The Stamp Act of 1764 and another in 1765 were met with American outrage, contempt and scattered violence. When The Declaratory Act of 1766 made the colonies completely subject to the will of Parliament, it lit a freedom fuse.

Our own Declaration of Independence in 1776 blew the lid off. On Oct. 19, 1781, American forces under the command of General George Washington surrounded the British Army at Yorktown, effectively winning The Revolutionary War.

King George was abjectly humiliated and never recovered from his embarrassing loss. While the king was pretty crazy to begin with, this sent him over the edge. Some historians report he suffered from porphyria, a rare genetic disease affecting the central nervous system – at times caused by significant inbreeding. Others suspect an acute form of manic-depressive psychosis. Many believe George was just plain nuts.

At times he spoke until foaming at the mouth. He was prone to spontaneous convulsions and would have his servants sit on him to keep his majesty “safe on the floor.” He repeated himself so often, those within range of his wild ramblings could repeat them word for word.

“A traitor is everyone who does not agree with me.” – King George III (1781)

“There are a lot of people out there who have done some treasonous things.” – Donald J. Trump (last week)

While The Trump himself may not be a traitor, he certainly is a retreater.

Swearing that he was not making empty threats to close the border with Mexico, within days he pretended that the Mexican government had heeded his words (it didn’t) with dramatic action (no such thing) and was thus given another year to “stop the drugs” and wild threats of limited avocados.

This was all during April Fools’ week – which also saw our Chump-in-Charge announcing that, blessed with his royal presence, the Republican Party was now “The Party of Health Care” – and would almost immediately be offering everyone – including their pets, their friends and all dead relatives going back to the beginning of time – tremendous health insurance coverage at unbelievably low prices with prior condition protection and a partridge in a pear tree.

This proclamation came a single day after Trump’s Justice Department announced its approval of a federal court ruling that would eliminate The Affordable Care Act of 2010 in its entirety – repeal without replacement. Then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called and said, recalling Ringo Starr’s 1972 classic, “Back Off Boogaloo!”

Donald did, faster than a wasp at warp speed.

“Almost immediately” quickly became “not until after the 2020 election,” explaining this will give voters the time to elect him to a second term and regain control of the entire Congress. That’s if they truly want to make America grate again. Hannity honchos? Webster defines “grate” as “to shred, pulverize, crush, crumble and smash.”

McConnell also told Trump to cool it on closing the border. That’s where retreat from “now” to “a year” originated. That was its orange.

Knock Knock.

Who’s there?


Orange who?

Orange you glad you read The Star?