What is Donald Trump? Not who is he—we know quite enough about that—but what is he, taxonomically? Is he primarily politics or entertainment? Is he a distraction, or a demagogue-in-the-making? Will his views—enormous walls, mass deportations—be given the power, in short order, to affect the lives of real people, in the real world?
Many in the media, at least, have yet to figure that out, fully. (Witness the awkwardness of this week’s Colbert interview with the GOP front-runner.) But there’s one member of the media that claims to know exactly what Trump is, and what he could become: South Park. The topic of last night’s show—which, like the “P.C. culture” episode last week, generated a lot of pre-air buzz—was ostensibly immigration. The episode was more deeply, however, about Trump. He is much more than a passing whim, the episode argued. He could become dangerous. He could become president.
The gist of the episode is this: Canadians have immigrated to Colorado. They have brought with them their foreign customs (politeness, the rampant use of the word “buddy,” a tendency to put maple syrup on pasta), in response to which the people of South Park are predictably indignant.
Mr. Garrison, awash in a nativist rage—and wearing a “Where My Country Gone?” baseball cap—takes it upon himself to travel to Canada to demand that South Park’s neighbor to the north take back its immigrants. He quickly discovers, however, that the Canadians have built a wall. To keep the Americans out.