Many Americans Now Use Humor in Getting Back at Politicians

by Bobby Reyes

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Part XXIII of the “United States 2024 Election

CNN confirmed reports that “more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 than any other losing presidential candidate in U.S. history” as of that year.

According to revised and certified final election results from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the Democrat outpaced President-elect Donald Trump by almost 2.9 million votes, with 65,844,954 (48.2%) to his 62,979,879 (46.1%).

History repeated itself in the 2020 election. Joe Biden’s nationwide popularity margin over Donald Trump was more than 7 million votes. Mr. Biden also won the Electoral College with 306 votes, while Mr. Trump garnered only 232.

CNN also reported that Mr. Biden’s lead over Trump was the second largest since 2000 and about two-and-a-half times more significant than Hillary Clinton’s popular vote lead over Trump in 2016.

Mr. Biden had won about 81.2 million votes, the most votes a candidate has won in U.S. history. As a consolation, Mr. Trump had won about 74.2 million. The vote total for the GOP presidential slate was the second-highest vote earner in American history.

Unfortunately, Mr. Trump refused to concede defeat in the 2020 election. Thus, he became the most laughed-at defeated presidential candidate in the country’s history. Most Americans do not treat kindly politicians who refuse to concede defeat. Voters participate in mocking politicians who refuse to follow the time-honored tradition of a peaceful and orderly transfer of presidential power to the winner.

” Most Americans do not treat kindly politicians who refuse to concede defeat. Voters participate in mocking politicians who refuse to follow the time-honored tradition of a peaceful and orderly transfer of presidential power to the winner.”

Many ordinary Americans followed late-night comedians and satirists using wit and humor to get back at Mr. Trump’s efforts to remain in power. His ill-advised efforts to retain his occupancy of The White House, aided by the January 6, 2021, “insurrection” aimed at the U.S. Congress, did not fare well among independent voters and Democrats.

To the limited knowledge of this columnist, he probably came up first with a wisecrack that “as of January 20, 2021, Mr. Trump was no longer the POTUS but the BOJUS.” This wordsmith says that BOJUS is the acronym for “Butt Of Jokes and Unpresidented (sic) Satires.” “Unpresidented” was how Mr. Trump spelled “unprecedented” in one of his social media posts.

In February 2024, New York-based publisher Tatay (Father) Jobo Elizes gathered many of this columnist’s and some of his friends’ Trump jokes and exercises of humor. He then turned them into a book—yes, Book II of the “Filipino Witticisms,” as distributed by Amazon Books.

Tatay Jobo Elizes and this columnist are now preparing a reprint of the latter’s sold-out 1993 political novel about how Filipinos used “humor as a weapon of a wounded people” against a dictator and Filipino corruption and abuses of two Filipino presidents. The book was entitled “One Day in the Life of a Filipino Sonovabitch.”

The plan is to launch it together with Book III of the “Filipino Witticisms” series, tentatively called “One Day in the Life of an American Sonovableach” (sic). Both books will be available at Amazon Books and perhaps in Filipino-American stores.

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Roberto (Bobby) M. Reyes June 12, 2024 - 4:50 pm

This column article was written on May 1, 2022. It was entitled: “Wit, Humor, Innuendo, and Satires Are the ‘Unarmed People’s Weapons’ Against Dictators.” The link: https://www.philippinedailymirror.com/__trashed-2/?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR2Wi-n3klWbmnnbaJX1poATTxyNKqL0IHB4aDRAhwW02-bvI7hrntnWIHU_aem_AcYe3NDz53aaRgmMlA2vrMpP4rMyDqMaNqvVkH1vsFbVoxK3lP5S3YskiR1Rxbq18VrjipPa_O4GBnjvwQp9Oh0k

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