The greatest honor a U.S. president has ever received

From yesterday’s Carnevale di Viareggio in Italy. Watching this, I felt like the dad in “A Christmas Story” seeing the leg lamp through the window: “Why, it’s … it’s indescribably beautiful.”

It’s like they took a Ben Garrison cartoon and made it real.

They even put Twitter icons around the handle of his sword. If Trump is worth half the money he claims, he’s already signing the paperwork to buy this and will have it installed in the Rose Garden before the week is out.

What made it even more impressive to me at first was that I didn’t realize it’s a parody of a video game character. I thought whoever designed it had simply channeled Trump’s own vision of himself and turned it into a robo-float. The sonofabitch nailed it, I thought. But no, this is a twist on a Warhammer character, the, er, God-Emperor of Mankind. The designer sees parallels:

The supreme myth of having power over the whole universe. The first. God Emperor Trump. The parallelism with the dominant character of Warhammer 40K has never been more fitting, except that this is not a futuristic three-dimensional tabletop wargame but pure reality. Donald wants to go back to the moon, travel to Mars and create the first space army. Ultras Marines? Mega Marines? The time of intellectuals, philosophers and of old and worn culture is over. We have entered the era of fantasy, videogames and virtual life. The dominant male par-excellence has arrived, democratically, and is now here, among us. The Master-Drone flies over the Viareggio boardwalk as we prepare to pay the price.

Exit question: Whose face is that on his right shoulder? It looked to me at a glance like Rudy Giuliani but Ed pointed out the hammer and sickle below it. It’s Putin, right?