Wiki tells us that Trompe-l’oeil (French for “deceive the eye” — pronounced trômp ˈloi) is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.
Just after the election, an astute writer wrote this in a letter to The Star:
… we have the political version of a trompe-l’oeil painting, in which objects offer the illusion of three-dimensionality. The textures of Clinton’s fictional criminality – even monstrosity – were ultimately rendered more prominent than her opponent’s actual racism and sexism. Sadly, a rational, qualified and progressive candidate was obscured in this Trump-l’oeil. (Kirsten Munro, Toronto)
More to the point in general, the hopenchange blog also equated the new president with the art technique:
The idea is to create a nearly 3-dimensional illusion of grandeur, when the reality is that the decorative urn, Greek columns, or window looking onto a magnificent Mediterranean vista is only the depth of a coat of paint. And that’s where we’re at right now with Trump L’oeil – trying to separate the illusion from the reality.
He’s gone, but not forgotten. Shades of General Buck Turgidson in Dr. Strangelove for this week he’s haunting us by way of an indepth piece from the New Yorker article “Michael Flynn, General Chaos” and via Rachel.
Published on Feb 24, 2017
Rachel Maddow reports on a leaked DHS Intelligence report that finds that Donald Trump’s focus on countries in his Muslim ban is not a reliable way of targeting terrorists.
With just two words, Neil Gorsuch assured his confirmation. CNN: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch told a US senator Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s tweets about the judiciary are “demoralizing” and “disheartening.”
Hail to the thief Russia chose for the nation,
Hail to the thief! We’re distraught, one and all.
Hail to the thief, as we pledge opposition
In proud fulfillment of a great, noble call
It’s beyond belief such a thing has happened.
Try as we may, it won’t go away.
But don’t let your grief stay you from hoping and trying
or stand in the way
Mixers, let the creative juices flow. You’ve only the chains of despair to lose.