Source: John Podhoretz in the New York Post, May 21
…It’s remarkable how his mannerisms, his speech patterns and his general mien precisely reflect the ring-a-ding-ding heyday of Frank and Sammy and Dean – the hippest cats in show business, circa 1962.
Like them, he’s not Jewish but speaks an English comically inflected by Yiddish – which made sense at the time, as the Rat Pack took over the world during the American-Jewish cultural moment when Jewish writers and performers were suddenly as cool as Lin-Manuel Miranda is right now.
When Trump, speaking in front of massive audiences in Indiana, rolled his eyes and dismissed his rival by saying, “That Ted Cruz – oy,” he wasn’t reading words written for him by his Jewish son-in-law; he was channeling Francis Albert.
Even the insult comedy he brought into American political discourse seems to date back to a Rat Pack show at the Sands – to Joey Bishop or Don Rickles, the only two men ever allowed to tease Sinatra about his mob ties. Trump has some of those too.
The Rat Pack made sleazy mob-run casinos seem glamorous – they danced and sang and gambled and drank and made “Ocean’s 11” in and around them – and what business more than any other drew Trump in during the 1980s? The casino business….