How surprising! Trump used a classical allusion in calling his chief rival “a Trojan horse,” sent by Republican Party bosses to “steal the nomination from Mr. Trump.”
Did he say “Mr. Trump”? He did. The boastful billionaire has suddenly become more deferential, if only self-deferential — referring to himself in the third person and affixing a “mister” to the stand-alone moniker, as if to underline a newly discovered maturity, a few weeks shy of his 70th birthday.
However, what is more impressive — coming from a man who has authored more books (16) than he has ever read — is the reference to the great wooden horse, with the bellyful of warriors, which the wily Greeks left in front of the gates of Troy, after failing to conquer the city through a long siege. Does this signal a desire to elevate his language in the final stages of the primary?
But surely Trump does not want to tempt fate by sounding the alarm against a Trojan horse. It was fatal to the first who did it. Perhaps a reader or friend will be kind enough to tell him about it.