In March, the deep thinkers at the New York Times asked via a headline, “Is Satire Possible in the Age of Trump?” Despite the usual accuracy of Betteridge’s Law of Headlines — which holds that “any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no” — the answer to this question turned out to be mixed. “There has been no shortage of Trump satire,” asserts author Ben Greenman in one breath only to utter “But Trump satire can be a difficult row to hoe” in the next.
But a new development, captured in a tweet posted yesterday, suggests that maybe satire in the age of Trump is impossible after all. The tweet by Seth Dillion, CEO of the satirical site the Babylon Bee, reads simply, “We really are trying to do satire when we write stuff like this” and links to an article at the Bee titled “Democratic Candidates Announce Plan To Dangle Stacks Of Cash In Front Of Potential Voters.”
The piece would appear to be a send-up of candidate Andrew Yang’s announcement during Wednesday’s Democratic debate that his campaign would be giving a “freedom dividend of $1,000 a month for an entire year to ten American families.”
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