Is Trump a Golem?

Loren Kantor
5 min readMar 30, 2024
A Golem represents the shadow side of humanity, the unconscious run amok. (Woodcut by author)

In Jewish legend, a Golem is an anthropomorphic creature formed out of dirt or mud. The Golem is a shapeless mass, not quite alive but not dead either. The being is brought to life by a religious figure or a threatened community to combat clear and present danger. Like Frankenstein, the Golem goes on a rampage and becomes a destructive force.

The most well known Golem story comes from a 16th Century European folktale. In the…

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Loren Kantor

Loren is a writer and woodcut artist based in Los Angeles. He teaches printmaking and creative writing to kids and adults.