Donald Trump’s most dangerous Twitter joke could well become a reality — and everyone from Nancy Pelosi to Michael Cohen knows it

When we asked constitutional experts what would happen if Trump refused to leave the White House in 2020, they were stumped

Dave Maclean
New York
The Independent Voices

There’s no such thing as a joke, that’s what Freud said.

In his snappily titled 1905 tome ‘The Joke and its Relation to the Unconscious’, he posited that jokes allow us to “express sexual, aggressive, playful, or cynical instincts that would otherwise remain hidden”.

So what should we make of Donald Trump’s tweet this morning, in which he joked about defying the constitution to serve more than two full terms in office?

While many of Sigmund’s theories are now widely mocked or discounted, others have become fundamental tenets of psychology. And we’ve all used humour to convey an opinion or intention we’re uncomfortable with.



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