Wasn’t it time for her to prepare to check out, I wondered. For according to him, all women should check out once they reach 35. According to him, a mere sixty something years old and clearly artificially preserved, all women are ripe for the garbage bin once they hit 35.

So there I was. Sitting behind my pc, wondering if she had ensured a decent palimony clause or divorce settlement – before hitching him. For she’s his trophy wife number umpteen. Aged 35 or over and a woman should be traded in for a younger model – according to him.

So I googled her age and sure enough, she’s years past what her husband considers to be a woman’s sell-by-date. Her mileage tots up past what her husband considers to be acceptable – for a woman. And this is just one of his many negative opinions, statements, ideas, about women.

What must life be like, having to put up with a husband excelling at making such degrading public speeches about women, minorities, foreigners, anybody and everything – bar himself? Does he simply state “Oh honey, I don’t mean it. It’s just boys ‘talk, you know” over breakfast and gets away with it? Or is the divorce clause that bad?

On the other hand, with him so obviously into artificial hair-styles and other enhancements, not to mention double standards and worse…. With her so deep into recycling and reciting other people’s speeches and more … This couple of fake and phony are of course perfectly matched.

It is merely us, cringing each time he opens his mouth to start another rant with her standing in the background applauding. It is just us, raising an eyebrow or collapsing with laughter, when she apes somebody else’s words, ideas, gestures. It is just the rest of us, wondering how on earth this couple got elected by a political party and its supporters, to be a possible next US President and his wife.

The US is supposed to be a country of unlimited possibilities. So how about trading in fake and phony and pointing them towards the check-out? For the Trumps are both past 35 – so at least 50% past their sell-by-date according to at least one of them. Doesn’t the world deserve better?


About Kate

Multilingual arts & culture journalist, blogger, columnist, writer and translator. Contributor to international (news) media. 2014 winning columnist Gentse Schrijversdagen, Gand, Belgium.
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