In case you missed it -- or ignored it -- an 8/12/16 news item: Off-site article link, new window opens, no affiliation: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-claim-that-obama-founded-isis-was-sarcasm/
....Apparently from "Mr. Sarcasm" himself. (No affiliation.):
Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) "the founder" of ISIS, & MVP. THEY DON'T GET SARCASM?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2016
As done before here, let's repost a basic definition of "sarcasm":
: the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say especially in order to insult someone, to show irritation, or to be funny
("Sarcasm." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 28 July 2016.)By that broad definition I suppose any demagogue could employ the word as an escape smokescreen, after broadcasting whatever inflammatory, outrageous, under-developed notion that popped into mind.
....Especially if they regularly assume their audience to be witless fools.
Therefore; extending Mr. Trump's ready-escape device (...used in various, shifty ways...) to a different -- alarming -- scenario:Fictional 'President Trump' begins his January 20, 2017 inaugural address:
'THE PRESIDENT': "Vice President Pence....you handsome knucklehead you...., Mr. Chief Justice....you're totally gone after that Obamacare vote....
members of the United States Congress....C'mon! That's an actual job?? Just leave this all up to me. By the way, is "Pocahontas" Warren here? 'Woo-woo-wooo-woo woo'! That mean: I win. You lose!...... distinguished guests.......I don't really see any.....OK, just being sarcastic, folks! I love all you guys......, and fellow followers:
Each time we gather to inaugurate a President we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution......And I must add: The NRA and you Second Amendment 'folks'! I owe you guys one. Wait, wait....no shooting in the air... or other places! Hahahahahahaha. Sarcasm again! ....And how about the "enduring strength" of that big, beautiful wall that's gonna get built, huh! C'mon! ....I can't hear you! Give it up! ..For the wall! I'm serious about it! At least for now.....
(Resuming, from teleprompter:) ....We affirm the promise of our democracy.....To me, my family and others like me! I'll be a holding a huge, invitation-only reception at Mar-a-Lago later tonight! You know who you are...But see Secretary of State Ivanka if you don't remember your table assignment. It'll be fabulous: ....Secretary of Defense Palin will be providing the night's entertainment! Plus: We'll be roasting Chief Justice Roberts.. Literally! ....Kidding...kidding. Just being sarcastic! You'll see how my sarcasm works later there, John....! Please pay no attention to those armed guys!
(Resuming reading text:) ...We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names.......Which reminds me: All current inhabitants of the U.S. with last names ending in "-ez" or "-az".... or just plain 'z': Please report to the nearest 'Rudy Giuliani Resettlement Center' for further processing. I'm serious: Don't make me ask again!......That John Roberts injunction-thing about my pending executive order shouldn't last much longer........Unless it does. Then you'll all understand that I was just joking of course...."
(*...On and on...ad nauseam.*)
I actually recalled it after concocting the above, but, in an odd way, almost makes me long for this "reverse Trump" (comedy-movie scene). (I.e., ...An alternate-universe Trump. (...But still 'jokester-in-chief', of course..)): The guy totally incapable of lying:
(YT video below: No ownership or affiliation. Language warning.)