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The politics of elephants fighting

Practical Politics

David L. Horne, Ph.D OW Oped | 2/13/2020, midnight

That’s what number 45 remembers about Mike Bloomberg. Mr. Trump was someone with a little change, but he had neither the home training nor natural class flair to hang with the big boys. Mr. Trump was from Queens, and the more elitist coterie of moneyed folk—including Bloomberg—from Manhattan, never accepted Mr. Trump as one of them. To them, Mr. Trump was a clown, a con man, a circus barker, not a “real billionaire.” It was never just about the money, it was about class, character and civility. Those who had it, and money, didn’t need to brag about it. They wore it like a second skin.

Mr. Trump tried repeatedly to gain admission to and acceptance by the Manhattan elite, but no matter what he did, was never embraced by that clique and never allowed to join it.

Mr. Bloomberg represents that continued rejection and distaste for Mr. Trump. To have to face down that old foe, already knowing the expected results, is not something number 45 relishes. Adding POTUS to one’s name doesn’t necessarily change one’s boorishness, and the Manhattan elite, represented by Mr. Bloomberg, is still present to judge Mr. Trump’s credentials to join that circle.

When the AKA said no, you were out period. No amount of skin lightener would do the trick. And when the Manhattan elite says you don’t belong, you may very well be doomed to that pronouncement, new clothes and title or not. The rejected just never could get the hang of the proper vocabulary and manners.

“Here we go again,” said the rejector to the inferior-complexed rejectee. “Let’s dance.”

Professor David L. Horne is founder and executive director of PAPPEI, the Pan African Public Policy and Ethical Institute, which is a new 501(c)(3) pending community-based organization or non-governmental organization (NGO). It is the stepparent organization for the California Black Think Tank which still operates and which meets every fourth Friday.

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