When our kids were in school, “Gag Me With A Spoon” was a popular “Valley Girl” expression for something really obnoxious, offensive, distasteful, or . . . all of the above. Do you think the following spam mail that lands in my email Inbox on occasion–for which I did not sign up and which keeps coming even though I unsubscribe–qualifies for Gag Me With A Spoon?
At first thought, it just looks like any other hotel ad. Probably not enough–without more–to qualify for Gag Me Without A Spoon. But then focus on the fact that it’s “from” The Donald, our president! Well, that’s getting a little closer to Gag Me With A Spoon. At a minimum, it sure doesn’t seem very presidential. Or precedential either for that matter, to quote one of the Donald’s tweets a few weeks ago.
Speaking of The Donald’s tweets, we might throw those in the hopper of questionable presidential propriety as well.
Now, let’s add to the fray that these emails keep landing in my Inbox even though I’ve clicked on the Unsubscribe button–and got the “Sorry to see you go” message that assured me these emails would cease and desist. But haven’t. I was under the impression that the “law” requires these kinds of massive email blasts to carry–and honor–an Unsubscribe button. However, like The Donald’s position that conflict such as this email illustrate don’t apply to the president. I guess he figures he above the Federal Trade Commission Unsubscribe law as well. After all, he is . . . The Donald.
All in all, I’d say this email from The Donald, or at least prominently displaying his name and logo and brand, does seem pretty spammy and unpresidential. And unprecedented too. Sufficient to justify the reaction Gag Me With A Spoon. Or even . . . Barf! Perhaps classic sayings, Gag Me With A Spoon and Barf!, but certainly not very classy, as might be said of the email as well. And perhaps the sender too. As Elvis once put it, “Return To Sender.”
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