Like many people, I’ve been watching Donald Trump’s presidential campaign with a mixture of horror and amusement. His naked racism, arrogant bullying of anyone who crosses his path, and grandiose messiah complex make for great television but horrible politics. It shows just how much difference money can make: If Trump were pulling down $35,000 a year working at a Walmart, he’d be considered somebody’s embarrassing uncle who just doesn’t know when to shut up instead of a news source.
But if money makes the difference in one thing, it should at least mean that you have better hair than Trump has. The one good thing that has come out of Trump’s campaign/performance art is that Berke Breathed has been inspired to revive his classic strip Bloom County. In the 1980s, Breathed put Trump’s brain into the body of Bill the Cat, and even then, it was an improvement on the real Donald’s hair grooming. The intervening years have not been kind to Trump.
The latest salute to Donald Trump’s hair also involves cats, but now we have the Internet, so it’s a little different than Breathed’s approach. This time around, it uses live cats. #TrumpYourCat is the latest hashtag to go viral on Twitter and Instagram. It was inspired by the Instagram account of Donald Purrump, which gives these very simple instructions:
1. Brush your cat
2. Form the hair you brushed into a toupee
3. Place toupee on cat
The results are hilarious, as you can see below. But are the cats enjoying it? Most of them, frankly, look a bit nonplussed at the thing resting atop their heads. Take this one for example:
In all honesty, that expression says to me, “I am plotting my bloody vengeance, and you will all suffer for this humiliation.”
You see that expression in quite a lot of the #TrumpYourCat photos, to be honest. Inevitably, a few imposters have started to creep in, such as this guinea pig:
As with the above picture, the quotes that accompany the pictures are the most disturbing part of the whole enterprise. For all the mockery of his hair, Trump’s open xenophobia, racism, and general disgust for the human race is hard to stomach. Hence, you have to pair it with cute cat pictures. Cute cat pictures make (almost) everything better.
Have you Trumped your cat? If so, will he or she still associate with you in public? Either way, let us know. We’d love to see the pictures.