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The Rudeness of King Donald

| Dec. 04, 2017

In Alan Bennett’s play “The Madness of King George,” a political crisis strikes Great Britain when the monarch loses his marbles.

Historians continue to debate whether George III’s madness was the result of porphyria or some other affliction. Bennett suggests that the root cause was shock at the rebellion of the American colonies (“a paradise . . . lost”).

Well, what goes around comes around. For these days it is in the United States that the question is asked, with increasing frequency: Is the head of state off his head? Has the president lost the plot?

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For Academic Citation: Ferguson, Niall.“The Rudeness of King Donald.” The Boston Globe, December 4, 2017.

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