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The Politicsof Skittles& T-Shirts; after World War II, the Works of Some European and American Playwrights Became Known as the "Theater of the Absurd." These Plays Avoided Traditional Structure and Often Mixed Silly Comedy with Jarring Tragedy. [Derived Headline]


Mistick, Joseph Sabino, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


After World War II, the works of some European and American playwrights became known as the "Theater of the Absurd." These plays avoided traditional structure and often mixed silly comedy with jarring tragedy.

And they always emphasized the anxiety and hopelessness of humankind's endless search for meaning in a world that makes no sense.

That sounds like the race for president. It seems forever ago that Donald Trump was waving his little hands in the air and talking about his manhood on national television. It was a breathtakingly absurd turn in presidential politics, but it set the bar low for a campaign that is more vaudeville than civic exercise.

Hillary Clinton recently said that the racists, sexists, homophobes and xenophobes who are supporting Donald Trump belong in a "basket of deplorables." Some Trump supporters immediately donned T-shirts emblazoned with their new slogan, "I am a Deplorable."

And there is no way of knowing if they had not been listening carefully or if they were audaciously confessing.

Last week, Donald Trump Jr., the basso buffo of the operatic comedy that is his father's campaign, described Syrian refugees as a "bowl of Skittles." He said that no one would take a handful of Skittles from the bowl if that person knew that two or three were poisonous. And he used that illustration to argue that all Syrian refugees should be banned from America.

The quickest response was from the insightful people who make Skittles. "Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don't feel it's an appropriate analogy. …

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