Friday, September 27, 2019

Trump talk with NRA head is analogous to his talk with Ukrainian president

The NY Times reports that Trump Meets With LaPierre to Discuss How N.R.A. Could Support Political Defense.

President Trump met in the Oval Office on Friday with Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association, and discussed prospective gun legislation and whether the N.R.A. could provide support for the president as he faces impeachment and a more difficult re-election campaign, according to two people familiar with the meeting.

It was not clear whether Mr. Trump asked Mr. LaPierre for his support, or if the idea was pitched by the N.R.A. During the meeting, Mr. LaPierre asked that the White House “stop the games” over gun control legislation, people familiar with the meeting said.

Analogy, from Wikipedia entry, takes the form of this test. HAND : PALM :: FOOT : ____, verbally, HA ND is to PALM as FOOT is to ____. The correct answer is SOLE.

I’m thinking that there is an analogy here between Trump’s conversation with the Ukrainian president and what LaPierre had to say.

NRA offer of help with defense and campaign IS TO Trump withholding military assistance funding
"stop the games” over gun control IS TO Ukraine digging up dirt on a Trump opponent

That conforms to what is long known about Trump’s transactional practices.

For more on analogies see Structure-Mapping: A computational model of analogy and similarity and the Wiki entry.

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