The people who deemed the novel “Catch 22” by Joseph Heller one of the most significant American novels of the 20th century were not wrong. When they made that judgment, though, they probably did not realize that a quote from it would later be used by Bette Midler to perfectly describe Donald Trump, and the rest of the GOP for that matter. Daily Kos reports that Midler, never one to keep her feelings to herself, recently tweeted the quote in question alongside a picture of Donald Trump.
It doesn’t matter that Catch 22 was written in 1961; it also doesn’t matter that the novel is a satirical tale about a World War II U.S. Army Air Force captain. This quote worked perfectly for its purpose in the novel then, and it works perfectly to describe the Republican candidates today.
See Midler’s tweet below:
It doesn’t get much better than this. Everything about this quote is a perfect description of Donald Trump, but it also reflects the rest of the GOP candidates. We have witnessed Trump do pretty much all of these things, but we’ve seen Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, and the rest do the exact same. Let’s not forget that they are all varying degrees of terrible.
Perhaps the best part of the quote is not the long list of things turned into their opposites, though, but the last two sentences that tie everything together.
‘Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.’
The GOP candidates are different in the ways in which they turn sadism into justice, vice into virtue, and brutality into patriotism, but one thing we can all agree upon is this: They are all completely devoid of both brains and character.
For those of us who have not read Heller’s work, or who did not think to combine his words with The Donald’s image, we owe thanks to Bette Midler for sharing the clever combination. We also owe thanks to the original source of the splendid mashup, Slaughterhouse 90210 Maris Kreizman. And finally, we owe a big thanks to the internet, for making it so easy to spread this pairing with the masses.