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Carpe Donktum

Posted July 12 by John Birmingham

A New Yorker report on the WH 'social media summit' that is both hilarious and a little bit terrifying.

When the closed-door summit met, in the East Room, most of the seats were filled by such stalwart maga memesmiths as Bill Mitchell, whose indefatigable pro-Trump cheerleading has made him a target of mockery even on the far-right; James O’Keefe, who styles himself as an investigative journalist but acts more like an opposition researcher; Charlie Kirk, whose organization, Turning Point USA, keeps finding itself mired in racism scandals; and a stay-at-home dad from Kansas City who goes by Carpe Donktum. This was not Mr. Donktum’s first invitation to the White House. Last week, while some of the country’s top legal minds scrambled to justify the President’s mercurial and self-contradictory desires related to a citizenship question on the census, the President himself spent twenty minutes relaxing in the Oval Office with Donktum, whose job, according to his Twitter bio, is “the creation of memes to support President Donald J. Trump.” “Where is the genius?” the President asked as Donktum entered the inner sanctum of American power. “I want to meet the genius.”

4 Responses to ‘Carpe Donktum’

FormerlyKnownAsSimon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 12
oh no - i googled donktum in Chrome (to see if it has some meaning like 'seize the donkey anus' or something). Now the profile they are building on me is messed up and i'm going to get recommendations for the wackos. Damn it. Rookie mistake at my age.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted July 12
You poor damn fool.

savo swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 3
So what does it mean? You have sacrificed yourself for the greater good you should let the rest of us know. I certainly don't want that query on my profile history.

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Dave W reckons...

Posted July 15
I'm only just starting to realise that there is a whole other definition of genius/expert out there. This is around a dismissal of expertise based on booklearning and experience.

So if that traditional view of expert is out, then what is in? What is valued? What is the redefined version of 'correct'?

But what this also does is sweep the rug out from underneath those with the traditional view. Yes, I am out of touch, obviously. I can't grasp the value of a Kirk, Mitchell or Donktum. But I also don't understand what Ivanka, Kelly-Ann Conway or even Trump himself have that makes what they say ring true to a segment of the population.

Obviously that ill defined (and perhaps undefinable) concept of Truthiness. But in a related sense, is there trustiness?

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