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Donald Trump: We're not in a movie here

2019-10-13T17:46:36.682Z

American journalism likes to tell Donald Trump's reign along films, from "A Question of Honor," "The Godfather" to "Chinatown." That's a problem.



It is the moment that things seem to come to, the moment when the truth is finally breaking. Everyone is waiting for it.

" You can not act the truth! ", Colonel Nathan R. Jessup roars as he loses control in the witness box and turns himself into a potential defendant. The truth is that the old colonel describes his truth in a monologue about what honor means and what loyalty. When Jessup is finally done and he is asked by the young prosecutor only briefly if he, Jessup, now had the code redeemed, which had the death of a simple soldier result, the old man cries: " YOU'RE GODDAMN RIGHT I DID! "

There it is, the actual, the real truth, in its rawest form. But it only comes out in the Hollywood movie, in a classic American feature film like A Question of Honor in 1992 with Tom Cruiseal's young prosecutor and Jack Nicholson as an old colonel. Courts are the place of self-assurance of a society - in the US, where politics has always had a bad history, and has always been.

The witness stand has something of a confessional: the court works in American films and in US television series such as Perry Mason , Matlock , LA Law , Ally McBeal , The Good Wife , Boston Legal , Suits , Law & Order : It Clarifies Things. Whatever society and politics may be wrong, in the end, truth and justice break in the courtroom. And if not, you know at least as a spectator and spectator, what goes wrong.

And with that, you're with Donald Trump and the moment of truth that he's supposed to expect - and everyone's waiting for. Since the beginning of Trump's term, American and international media have been using fictional or real narrative models to narrate what happens to deviations from the expected and the familiar. Since the whistleblower scandal broke out on Washington DC in early September, and more so since the Democrats in the House of Representatives announced first hearings on 24 September about a potential dismissal, the yearning for a cinematic moment of truth has intensified. There must finally be a plot twist, a resolution of the Trump saga!

The Judicial scene from A question of honor would be a reference for the case, should the House of Representatives presumably decide by majority vote of the Democrats to initiate an impeachment procedure. Then the second chamber, the Senate, would become a quasi-courtroom chaired by Chief Justice John Glover Roberts: with House accusers, presidential defenders, and the 100-year-old jurors who would vote on Trump. And then, unlike peers elsewhere in the US, these juries would have to take their minds in front of live cameras. That would be the great cinema of either a crisis of recognition or the triumph of a defensive democracy. The staging (if you like to call it that) in the Senate would resemble a trial, but would remain a purely political process.

It would also be the intended end of the (social) media references to A Few Good Man , as a question of honor in the original means. The Jessup moment has long been a meme used on all things Trump : If the boss or one of his (now often former) employees like John Kelly gets caught in an unexpected, possibly involuntary outburst of confession, Colonel Jessup will be tried. The expectation is clear: they all have something to hide.

Source: zeit

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