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President Trump is a pig. In the best sense of the word.

Dana Milbank on

There is also the sycophantic Squealer, top pig propagandist, glorifying his boss and vilifying Snowball with misdirection so effective he "could turn black into white." After watching CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, it is clear that Squealer is reincarnated as Stephen Miller -- the White House official who defended Trump's "stable genius" claim by mounting an unrelated and extended attack on CNN and anchor Jake Tapper, who accurately called Miller a "factotum."

The horses in the story are loyal but naive. One mighty horse, Boxer, believes the leader "is always right." When Boxer collapses in service to the cause, the pigs promise to send him to a veterinarian but instead sell him to make glue. In modern times, Paul Ryan, Jeff Sessions, Rex Tillerson and Gary Cohn all play the role of loyal steed destined for the knacker.

The sheep, who chant the pig-devised slogan "Four legs good, two legs bad," immediately revise their tune when the pigs start walking on two legs: "Four legs good, two legs better." Clearly, the sheep are the Fox News of the story.

Then there is Orwell's lead pig, Napoleon, a power-hungry swine who rose with a populist promise of wealth to all animals. But then he took milk and apples from cows to feed fellow pigs. He broke his promises, and, when things went wrong, he made scapegoats of animals who did not praise him.

From "Animal Farm": "It had become usual to give Napoleon the credit for every successful achievement and every stroke of good fortune. You would often hear one hen remark to another, 'Under the guidance of our leader, Comrade Napoleon, I have laid five eggs in six days'; or two cows, enjoying a drink at the pool, would exclaim, 'Thanks to the leadership of Comrade Napoleon, how excellent this water tastes!'"

I cannot think of any current figure who resembles the pig Napoleon. Maybe I could if I were, like, really smart.

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