Trumpotomy: Suddenly Relevant in the DeVos Era

A friend of mine just pointed me to the #Trumpectomy hashtag on Twitter. The meaning, of course, is a procedure to remove Donald Trump from office. But seeing that term triggered, in a serendipitous flash, a spontaneous understanding of a related term — Trumpotomy.


A non-surgical procedure by which a person, typically American, willfully acquires a persistently diminished capacity for rational thought in response to a demagogue.

v.t. Trumpotomize, -mized, -mizing.

1. to perform a Trumpotomy on.
2. to make (someone or something) abnormally irrational or unthoughtful.

Trumpotomy Secretary, Betsy DeVos

Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, is now confirmed to head the agency she despises.

With today’s confirmation of Betsy DeVos as our new Education Secretary, the Trump administration has taken a significant step toward the increased Trumpotomization of America’s youth.

After (and likely, as a result of) many $millions in political donations, DeVos was confirmed today by a razor-thin 51-50 margin. The tie-breaking vote was cast by Vice President Mike Pence, himself having been Trumpotomized early last year, along with the majority of the GOP senators.

Now we, as a nation, face the very real threat of creeping Trumpotomization. DeVos will work to shift money and other resources away from public education toward private charter schools. Not being bound by the same academic, secular, or non-discrimination standards as public schools, these private schools will have more freedom to teach “alternative facts” as facts and to promote religious dogma (Christian, of course).

Our founding father, Thomas Jefferson, believed that an educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people. But a free, educated citizenry is anathema to a narcissistic, autocrat-wannabe, demagogue. And thus, DeVos is Trump’s perfect choice for Education Secretary. She will diminish our public education system, leaving millions of young people more susceptible to a Trumpotomy.

But those of us–who are still a majority–that recognize and care about the difference between “alternative facts” and facts, have a responsibility to resist the coming onslaught of unreason. Remember, this is not normal. Speak up. Write letters. Donate money. Talk to your friends and family members who’ve suffered a Trumpotomy.

This is memetic war. Spread the word. Let’s get #Trumpotomy trending. Let’s preserve that vital requisite for our survival as a free people.

Image: By DonkeyHotey (Betsy DeVos – Caricature) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


7 comments for “Trumpotomy: Suddenly Relevant in the DeVos Era

  1. Ed
    November 16, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Trump is accomplishing some great things, but none of it is reported by the mainstream.

    Still, if you’re not a Trump fan, you’re not a Trump fan. Perhaps he’ll succeed in draining some of the swamp anyway.

    • November 16, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Great things? Please, do enumerate some of them. (As far as I can tell, he has created a Kakistocracy, nothing more.)

      • Ed
        November 17, 2017 at 7:04 pm

        Kakistocracy describes almost every aspect of American society at the present time. But it was like that B.T., before Trump. He’s draining the swamp of the least qualified and least scrupulous, like Hillary Clinton.

        He’s broken North Korea’s defiance, and put a stop to their cacophony of threats. He’s establishing better trade conditions for American products on the international scene.
        He’s exposed the bias and blatant lies of the mainstream press.
        He had remarkable success in Asia.
        Relations with Russia are on the mend.
        Health care is being improved, not replaced.
        There are many other accomplishments in only his first year.

        • November 17, 2017 at 7:23 pm

          Draining the swamp? Seriously?

          DeVos wants to replace public education with for-profit religious education. Christian, of course.

          Scott Pruit wants to dismantle the EPA, denies science.

          Ben Carson… is an idiot. Yes, I know, he was a brain surgeon, but in other fields, he is an idiot not remotely competent to be in national government.

          Rick Perry… idiot. Couldn’t even remember the name of the agency he wanted to destroy but is not the head of.

          North Korea? Broken defiance? Not sure which news station your watching. (But I can guess.)

          Better trade conditions? How so?

          Exposed bias and blatant lies in the media? That’s actually laughable. He is the biggest liar of all. He lies all the time. About everything. Everything. He lies as easily as he sexually assaults.

          Relations with Russia are not getting better. Relations between Lil’ donnie and Putin may be getting better, but not between the nations.

          How, exactly, is health care being improved? He is doing everything he can to kick people off insurance by defunding it. He has exactly NO PLAN for improving health care.

          But… he has lifted the ban on elephant trophy hunting. So I guess Big Poaching has something to cheer for.

          • Ed
            November 18, 2017 at 8:42 am

            The economy’s up.

            I’m glad to hear that elephant wackers are getting a break. They’re definitely an oppressed minority. At $100,000 per elephant hunt, they must be short on change.

          • November 18, 2017 at 10:48 am

            Ok. I get it. I’ve been punked.

          • Ed
            November 18, 2017 at 11:14 am

            You haven’t been punked. Trump really is improving America, resurrecting her from a liberal grave.

            But you’re right about the elephants. Not that that is relevant to anything.

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