A noun, a verb, and George Soros…

Vince Rizzo
4 min readMar 24


A Challenge

The term ‘Duel’ signifies a single combat originating in a feeling of personal offence, and followed by a regular Cartel, or challenge, fixing a time and place, mutually convenient to the combatants. These individuals are termed principals, and are usually accompanied to the field, by two gentlemen, in the quality of friends, or seconds, for the purpose of arranging, and superintending, all the preliminaries, and proceedings of the combat.

-- J.P. Gilchrist, “A Brief Display of the Origin and History of Ordeals” (1821)

In one of the more memorable lines ever delivered in a presidential debate was delivered by Joe Biden who described Rudy Giuliani’s quest for the 2008 nomination with the words,

“I mean, think about it! Rudy Giuliani. There’s only three things he mentions in a sentence — a noun, a verb, and 9/11. There’s nothing else! There’s nothing else!

And so, it seems ironic that Rudy’s boss, who is currently being measured for a prison jumpsuit by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg has borrowed a rip from the man who succeeded him in the last presidential election. Trump under investigation for crimes he committed while in office- the payment of hush money to an ex-porn actress to buy her silence about an affair in the days leading up to the 2016 election stuck out with an ominous tweet. Using his Truth Social platform Trump and his minions are using George Soros, a 92-year-old holocaust survivor and financial supporter of liberal causes, as a rallying cry. In a rant spewed (can a text be spewed?) in all caps and delivered in the middle of the night, Trump attacked Mr. Bragg, a black man, by linking him to Mr. Soros, a Jewish man who escaped Hitler’s holocaust:

The tropes residing within this crazed rant confirm what we all know about the bottom-feeding troll as he tries whistling past the graveyard- he is a racist, misogynist, antisemitic bigot. He is also scared. He has reduced himself to a sick meme, becoming the extension of the Rudy Giuliani self-promoting wing of the fascisti. As Joe Biden might troll, Donald Trump is nothing more than “a noun, a verb, and a cowardly threat.”

The secret to understanding Trump is knowing that he is at his core a wuss. I am willing to bet that the Threatener-in-Chief has never been in a “squared-circle” to defend himself or anyone else. None of his duels involve “gentlemen” or are in defense of his “honour.” This battle concerns his brief affair with a porn actress months after the birth of his son. In the wings are court fights over an alleged rape, an obstruction of Justice probe, and an investigation of inciting an insurrection. Go figure! In all these, he fights all his battles with seconds- sycophants, compromised lawyers, and street goons. As for Trump, he slinks in the shadow cast by his cell phone, late at night, his thumbs heavy on the stroke. The gloves-off challenges to his enemies are made in the privacy and safety of his home. He battles in mime.

In this case, his “duel” with Alvin Bragg, George Soros, the Manhattan Grand Jury, et.al. has a virtual Republican army of “seconds.” These fawning flunkeys negotiate in public with the truth while secretly hoping his next tweet won’t reveal an unsavory truth about them.

He likes to hang out with tough guys like Gym (predator denier) Jordan and WWF impresario Vince (The Human Steroid Suit) McMahon. His newly-fonted rants serve the same purpose as his charge to the insurrectionists on January 6 when he used his words to instigate others to fight on his behalf while his fat ass sat safely in front of his TV, far from the action- far from danger.


There, I said it. Now, perhaps, if these words could get to him behind the walls of Mar-a-Lago under the protection of the Secret Service, I have insulted him enough to be challenged to a good, old-fashioned duel. Tweets at twenty paces. I throw down my glove! /s

Originally published at https://www.dailykos.com on March 24, 2023.



Vince Rizzo

Former president of the International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) and a founder of a charter school based on MI theory.