Doesn't Any Trump Know How to Play This Game?: Paying Bespoke Prices for Used Off-the-Rack Metaphors
Live from the Cleveland Dumpster Fire: No. No Trump knows how to play this game:
Donald Trump, Jr. (July 19, 2016): "Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they are stalled on the ground floor. They are like Soviet-era department stores, run for the benefit of the clerks and not the customers..."
F.H. Buckley (May 2, 2016): "What should be an elevator to the upper class is stalled on the ground floor. Part of the fault for this may be laid at the system's entrenched interests: the teachers' unions and the higher-education professoriate. Our schools and universities are like the old Soviet department stores whose mission was to serve the interests of the sales clerks and not the customers..."
Merdedith McCaw (July 19, 2016): "I just got off the phone with Buckley: 'I was one of the principal speechwriters. It's not a problem..."
So F.H. Buckley is the grifter here, and Donald Trump, Jr., is the mark. F.H. Buckley couldn't be bothered to ghostwrite an original speech. Trump, Jr., was too naive to check.hire a speechwriter willing to do bespoke work rather than recycle, and was too naive to check.