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Readers Respond to Barron Trump Article

Readers Respond to Barron Trump Article
September 12
17:06 2018

Okay, Barron Trump did not pen the anonymous op-ed

Readers had some very differing views of my column pretending to reveal the person behind the infamous anonymous op-ed in the New York Times. I took the liberty to dip my pen in the inkpot of satire to make a levitous case for President Trump’s 12-year-old son Barron being the author.

A person with an equally satirical name of “irreverent one”—at least I hope it is the product of satire – wrote:

“This is, without doubt, one of the best examples of satire that I have seen in some time. Congratulations to Larry Horist and a well-deserved thank you added.”

Needless to say, that is my favorite response to that particular commentary. But others also seemed to enjoy the humor of it. “Granny” said, “I had a great laugh and so did my husband.” Roberto summed it up in one word, “Beautiful.”

Poker Face picked up on the satire by saying, “Horist may be on to something. Not beyond the realm. If true, how many “going to bed without supper” will the kid have to endure?” Mojo came clean with “I confess, it was me and the NYT paid well.”

Some missed the satire completely. To my amazement, they thought it was a serious analysis. David rebutted it with “Sorry; beyond credibility.” No kidding. Never meant to be credible. At least Kim got it right with “I took it as a joke. It is, isn’t it?” Yes, Kim, it was a joke. Don’t let those who missed it confuse you.

Not all were in praise of my wit. We can assume JJ was not pleased. He wrote, “please unsubscribe me at once.” Why he did not like it remains unclear. Did he miss the satire or see it more like Zip did?

Zip seemingly got my attempt at humor but did not like it. He said, “Even if it’s tongue in cheek, attacking and accusing a child is dirty, below the belt cowardly and disgusting. I’m not surprised you (sic) stopped so low as to attack and humiliate a child! Shame, shame shame on you!” Wow! That’s a three-shame review.

I respect Zip’s opinion, but I honestly think Barron would get a chuckle out of it. Conservative kids are not as tender leafed as some may think – or should I say, not the snowflakes like so many on the left. BillyMax opined that “… Barron is educated and would write a better article.” I hope Billy means better than the op-ed piece in the Times and not better than my commentary. But, now I am not sure. Arrrrgh.

I took a bit of umbrage – at least as much as I could get into my pocket – to a response to the Huffington Post’s invitation to readers to render up their guesses as to the authorship of the op-ed. It was that reader who refused to guess with this concession, “… Unless you want a really stupid out of left field guess like Barron Trump.” I did not think of the satire as “stupid” – although I can see where some may view it that way — and it came out of RIGHT field, not left.

As Abraham Lincoln might have said, “You can please all the people some of the time. Some of the people all the time. But you cannot please all the people all the times.” But regardless of viewpoints expressed, I am always pleased to get all the views of all the readers – at least for the most part.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. NorsKenR
    NorsKenR September 15, 21:45

    I haven’t actually gotten to read your work of satire attributing the OpEd to Barron Trump, but I think I would have known it to be such.

    Until someone unearths the true author, (and in some countries they would literally have to, but this is America), I have a few “horses” in the running.

    A friend is sure it was Bob Woodward. I agree about 90%. Omarosa Manigault-Newman is in there, (she needs the money after her book sales tanked), but so is Jeff Sessions. The more I find out and think over regarding Sessions, the less I like or trust him.

    However, my “dark horse” candidate that I just thought of myself, but whom I am now sort of surprised has not been mentioned, is Anthony Scaramucci. He was one of the shortest-tenured Trump WH employees, has usually displayed a lack of class, and is probably a poor enough writer. (I’m guessing there. I never read the NYT, therefore haven’t read the OpEd, and why should I bother doing either?)

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