Stephanie once gave me a birthday card which showed Sigmund Freud in a dress, and it read: ‘Feeling hip in my Freudian slip’. This refers to Freud’s theory that jokes and slips of the pen or tongue reveal thoughts or feelings that are lurking just below the threshold of consciousness.
After the appalling attack on the Capitol in Washington last week, the White House issued a statement that tried to dial back on their deranged leader’s incitements and lies. See if you can spot the Freudian slip: “MS. MCENANY: I am here to deliver this message on behalf of the entire White House. Let me be clear: The violence we saw yesterday at our nation’s Capitol was appalling, reprehensible, and antithetical to the American way. We condemn it — the President and this administration — in the strongest possible terms. It is unacceptable, and those that broke the law should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
The third sentence was presumably meant to be taken as: “We — the President and this administration — condemn it in the strongest possible terms.” But by writing it in the way they did they have either deliberately or inadvertently conveyed the idea that they condemn the President and his administration, and even that they “should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”. Whatever the grammatical reality, replace the dashes with commas in the original statement, and read it out loud: “We condemn it, the President and this administration, in the strongest possible terms.” Good for you, White House press department!
Thank heavens Twitter has finally taken the step of removing the megaphone from the unwell man. (Just to be clear: I am using ‘unwell’ as an adjective to prevent myself from ranting, and in the light of the overwhelming evidence that the man is indeed very unwell mentally. For detail on this, note: “American mental health professionals have long warned us Trump exhibits signs of clinical insanity and we haven’t listened. In September 2017, a mere eight months after Trump took the office of president of the United States, 60,000 mental health professionals decided to rebel against convention to sign a petition crafted by Dr. John Gartner, Ph.D., stating that:
“We, the undersigned mental health professionals, believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States. And we respectfully request he be removed from office, according to article 4 of the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which states that the president will be replaced if he is ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.’” From Harvard Psychologist: Trump Has ‘Serious’ Mental Health Problem.