“When you attack the king, you must kill him”: Donald Trump quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson in a tweet about a failed deposition
- Trump quoted a New York Times analysis of the failed accusation of Democrats
- The article contains the famous quote “If you attack a king, you must kill him”
- Trump, however, changed “strike against a king” to “strike against the king”
- Tweet led to liberal indignation and many answers from ‘you are not a king’
President Donald Trump has quoted the famous Ralph Waldo Emerson rule about attacking a king and provoking liberal indignation.
Trump quoted Peter Baker’s news analysis from February 1 for the New York Times, who mentioned the Emerson rule by speculating that the president would come stronger than ever from accusation of acquittal.
Ralph Waldo Emerson seemed to be teaching the Senate accusation against President Trump. “If you attack the king, Emerson said famously,” you must kill him, “Trump read.
“Mr. Trump’s enemies beat him but did not knock him down. A triumphant Mr. Trump is encouraged by the greatest test of his presidency, ready to claim exemption, and take his case of grievances, persecution and resentment to the campaign track, “continued the tweet that Baker quoted.
President Donald Trump has quoted the famous Ralph Waldo Emerson rule about attacking a king and provoking liberal indignation
Trump has changed one detail when citing the article. While Baker correctly quoted Emerson as saying “strike a king,” Trump changed the rule to “attack the king.”
The origin of the quote is a letter that Emerson wrote to Oliver Wendell Holmes, a future Supreme Court who was then a Harvard student, in response to Holmes’ essay criticizing Plato.
Trump’s tweet immediately caused an outburst of anger from his critics, with many people reacting “you are not a king.”
The origin of the quote is a letter that Emerson wrote to Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Too many Americans have laid down their lives to maintain a government of, by and for the people. Mr. Trump, you are not a king, “tweeted Tom Steyer, the billionaire who recently withdrew from the Democratic presidential primary.
Trump is the third president in American history to be deposed, but will be the first to seek re-election after acquittal in the Senate.
Trump spends the weekend at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.
On Saturday evening he is scheduled to attend a private fundraiser, and on Sunday he will raise the Daytona 500 NASCAR race on Daytona Beach.