To the humor impaired: This is satire.
Q. What Do Donald Trump and King Henry II of England Have In Common?
A. They both made remarks that were construed as hinting that they’d sure appreciate it if someone would get rid of a political opponent, and then gave passive aggressive responses to the resultant firestorm of criticism. (”Whaaat?” “Was it something I said?” “I was just kidding.”)
Maybe King Henry II’s voluntary penance (flogging) for his faux pas of seemingly wishing for political assassination could be extended to Mr. Trump as well. Think of it. It’d be a huge media event that would entertain millions. The Donald would get tons of attention, which he seeks as resolutelyly as Diogenes, the ancient Greek with the lantern who was unendingly searching for an honest man. Maybe the pros would outweigh the cons for the ever-surprising Mr.
Trump and he’d agree to the gaudy spectacle.
Henry II was famous for his rages when anyone opposed his will. After his best bud, Thomas a Becket became Archbishop of Canterbury the two had a falling out over the separation of Church and State. They had a huge fight about it and in 1164 Thomas ultimately had to scoot to exile in France, where he remained for six years. (King Henry was really pissed off!) Eventually, in 1170, Henry and Thomas were reconciled and the archbishop returned to England. But it was an uneasy truce.
Only a few months after Thomas returned to Canterbury, the two were again at
loggerheads. The precipitating issue was whether Church or State had judicial authority over clerics. Apparently many monks had been overly frisky, some even murderous. Thomas believed only the pope had any authority over religious matters and denounced some bishops during his mass on Christmas Day, 1170, which was interpreted as him excommunicating them. Henry wanted them reinstated, because he maintained that the clerics’ misdeeds were up to the State to punish (or not). Thomas said no.
Henry was, as usual, enraged when he didn’t get his way. He was, in France at the time, and huffed “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?” or something along those lines. Four of his knights were only too happy to oblige their liege lord.
The knights crossed into England and raced for Canterbury. On December 29, 1170 they caught Becket at the cathedral saying Vespers. They carved him up. Literally. The crown of Becket’s head was cut off. One of the knights delivered a crushing blow to the prostrate Thomas’s head, spilling his brains out right in front of the altar. Ick! Even for a king having an archbishop’s brains squashed out at a cathedral’s altar was way too over the top.
So Henry was forced to agree to do penance, which included being publicly flogged by the monks of Canterbury, in the cathedral.
Even though, fortunately, no one took the Donald up on his provocative solicitation of violence, there are plenty of people who’d still love to see him publicly flogged. It could be done at St. Edward’s Catholic church in Palm Beach–there’s plenty of parking behind nearby Green’s drugstore. (Finding parking is a real problem in Palm Beach.)
Mr. Trump ‘s handlers could sell the idea to him by focusing on the linkage between him and a king. Yeah, the Donald in sackcloth and ashes, the Catholic priests whaling on him (the Episcopalians at Palm Beach’s Bethesda by the Sea church might go too easy on protestant Trump) cameras rolling, media flacks gabbling like excited geese–it would be the event of the election season.
Maybe some RNC members could be induced to join the floggers. Catholic Paul Ryan would go for it, and Reince Priebus might be all in as well. Maybe it could be a bi-partisan fund-raiser for charity. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and
Mika Brzezinski could be the fair and balanced moderators. (Or maybe Stephen Colbert would be a better fit–he’s Catholic.) It would be awesome theater.
And it would give Democrats an answer to the Republicans’ chant of “Lock her up”. Dems can start start chanting “Have him flogged”.
Somebody, please, start a petition to have the Donald do penance the Henry II way. Pretty sure it would garner the number of signatures required for the White House to address it. President Obama, always a good sport, would probably be okay with it.
What would Jesus say? “Flogging doesn’t sound so bad compared to what I had to do to save your damn souls. Go for it.”
Say Hallelujah. This is an idea whose time has come.