Oh Caps Lock, My Caps Lock

All the parodies that people warned about during the election have become reality — and reality has become a parody. That’s at least one of the messages of President Trump’s late night all caps tweet in which he warned Iran: “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.” We’ve officially normalized the idea that all caps, in addition to being irritating, carry a particular political weight in international affairs. (CNN’s headline was: Trump uses all caps in threat to Iran.)

+ The Iran tweet followed a week of DC wrangling over how to respond to Trump’s Helsinki performance. Here’s Evan Osnos in The New Yorker: “The Senate, in a rare act of unity, passed a nonbinding resolution against Putin’s request to interrogate American officials, a proposition that Trump had entertained but finally rejected. More remarkable, though, was what didn’t happen. No one resigned from the Cabinet. No Republican senators took concrete steps to restrain or contain or censure the President.” (This is the most intriguing, and important, angle of this story. We like to hope that Trump’s enablers would draw the line at the launching of massive war. But there’s absolutely no evidence to support that hope.)

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