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British Writer Pens The Best Description Of Trump I’ve Read

British Writer Pens The Best Description Of Trump I’ve Read

Nate White
“Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?” Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote the following response:
A few things spring to mind. Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem. For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed. So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever. I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility – for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman. But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is – his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.

Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers. And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults – he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.

There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface. Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront. Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul. And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist. Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that. He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat. He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.

And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully. That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead. There are unspoken rules to this stuff – the Queensberry rules of basic decency – and he breaks them all. He punches downwards – which a gentleman should, would, could never do – and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless – and he kicks them when they are down.

So the fact that a significant minority – perhaps a third – of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think ‘Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:

• Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.

• You don’t need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.

This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss. After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum. God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid. He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart. In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws – he would make a Trump.

And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish: ‘My God… what… have… I… created?' If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set.

Steven Jaques 8 min ago
One man said "you get the government that you deserve " . In the 1930's Germany elected Hitler, because he screamed his stupid lies about how great he was and how great they were. Hitler was a failed artist with a big mouth and ego. Trump is a failed and crooked business man, that has been blowing through daddies fortune. The only reason that he has been keep afloat was by stealing from everyone around him including the government (taxes). Hitler made his money by the sale of his book. He ordered the German government to buy his book and give it to every German. Trump wanted the US government to host major events at his resorts. If we do not STUDY history, we are condemned to repeat our mistakes !!!!
Texas American 57 min ago
That was wonderful!
Solomon 1 hour ago
Hi LKC (again!). Whilst I can understand your logic in comparing Churchill & Trump (arrogant, loud, racist, sexist etc), for all his faults, Churchill is remembered as a hero, mainly as he was prominent in playing a big part in winning the WW2 for the allies; sadly, Trump is losing the war against Covid 19, due mainly to his personality—-ignorant, arrogant, loud, ‘knowing more than doctors & scientists’, stubborn, thin skinned etc.
But for what it’s worth, ‘OUR blond’, Boris Johnson THINKS he is like Churchill—-NOTHING could be further from the truth! In fact, he’s a poor man’s Trump—-a Trump with finesse, a Trump who speaks better English, a Trump, who, due to his posh education at England’s ‘best’ school Eton, uses flowery language when insulting minorities & women!
Essentially, a posh Trump—-but frankly, NEITHER of them fit enough to even lick Churchill’s boots—-and Churchill himself was FAR from perfect. Just shows exactly how inferior our 2 blonds are!
The USA, a truly great nation, led by a half wit!


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