“TWEEDLE-DUM AND TWEEDLE-DEE”

Anyone who has read Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carrol or has seen Disney’s Alice In Wonderland knows that Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee are clown-like characters—two fat brothers who argue and contradict each other.

In Disney’s film, the two rotund guys wear red hats and are convincing Trump look-alikes (and his twin–heaven help us!) When Alice sees the pair and hears them argue, she recalls an old song, and repeats the lyrics aloud:

Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle!
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.

Just then flew down a monstrous crow,
As black as a tar-barrel!
Which frightened both the heroes so,
They quite forgot their quarrel.

If only a “monstrous crow” (or gigantic hawk) would frighten Trump so he would stop his quarrels with everyone and everything he doesn’t agree with. But that’s wishful thinking. Nevertheless, a reminder: Tweele-dum OR Tweedle-dee could materialize from the fantasy world. But we can be the crows who vote out Tweedle-dum (an appropriate name for Trump) and, like Tweedle-dee, spoil dum’s “nice new rattle.”

Author: Kathlyn Gay

Author of 120 nonfiction books for young adults and adults, including encyclopedias and other reference titles

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