“The devil cannot endure to be mocked.”
// Sir Thomas More, Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation, 1553
At a meeting
with legislators and staff on January 11, 2018, President Trump revealed once again his lack of respect for persons coming to the United States from nations other than those of white Europe, saying: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” (According to unnamed sources quoted by Josh Dawsey writing in The Washington Post.)
What to say about this? That the man is a bigly bigot is unsurprising; perhaps it is a little more surprising that even after a year of serving in office, he has failed to learn anything of self-discipline or self-awareness, such as would permit a cannier politician to conceal his prejudice. He is a man without qualities.
The limericks collected here are a small part of the response that needs to be mustered against ignorance and bias of the sort Donald Trump epitomizes.
Contributors include Chad Parenteau, Sarah Smith, Henry King, Gillian Claus, Charlie Snyder, Jonathan Goldberg, Paul D. Blumer, Arnold Johnston, Kristin Brookhouse, Nicole DePolo, Frederic Norton, and Derek Haddad.