Jumping the Shark

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Back in the 1970’s, there was a popular sitcom called Happy Days. It depicted life in the late 1950’s and early 60’s in Milwaukee. A couple of notable shows were spawned from it, those being Laverne and Shirley as well as Mork and Mindy. In 1977, there was an episode where Fonzie, to prove his bravery, had to ski off a ramp over waters infested by sharks. Some of the cast were not happy with the episode. It had stretched credulity.

In 1985, radio personality, referring to that episode, coined the phrase “jumping the shark”, applying the phrase to situations where a stunt is done to elevate attention to something that is no longer popular.

Donald Trump did that this week. He has fallen to a new low. Actually, he has reached the highest pinnacle of a “jumping the shark” moment. Early in the week, he announced that he would be making a major announcement, later in the week. Right wing media went nuts speculating what the announcement could be. Many thought he would be announcing that he would be running for Speaker of the House. Then, the announcement came out. He announced his “official Donald Trump Trading Card” collection for only $99 each.

The announced has been received with universal mockery and that includes right wing media, even Steve Bannon. The following quote from a former John Kiriakow, a CIA whistleblower, turned author, is a typical response.

“Just when you thought this grifter couldn’t humiliate himself any more than he already has there’s this. THIS is what the big announcement was.”

Will some Trumpkins by the cards? Sadly, yes. Will Trump make money from this? Sadly, yes. Is Trump’s sinking reputation taking a hit from this? Definitely, yes.. Later in the day, Joe Biden, mocked Trump by tweeting the following,

“I had some MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS the last couple of weeks, too…”

He identified items suchg as bringing Brittney Griner home and signing the Respect for Marriage Act. This chirp, today, is definitely worthy of going into the “Stranger than Fiction” category.

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