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British critic of Trump  

redmustang91 61M  
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6/8/2020 5:49 am

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British critic of Trump

A witty and nasty review of Trump from the UK.

“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 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.

redmustang91 61M  
9675 posts
6/8/2020 5:50 am

I call Trump the limbo prez as he always goes lower and lower. Now he is subterranean.

redmustang91 61M  
9675 posts
6/8/2020 5:50 am

I also call him pussy grabber in chief.

lindoboy100 57M
22600 posts
6/8/2020 9:12 am

Couldnae huv put it better if ah'd tried McMust! Well said Mr White!!

Pull ma finger.........

keithcancook 64M
18299 posts
6/8/2020 9:21 am

I have heard that he is quite different privately. Funny, and disarming in his own social circle. I wish he would have stayed in that circle, because publicly he is abhorrent.

He will be voted out by the end of the year.

blog on!

rick315875 62M
10997 posts
6/8/2020 10:07 am

Great post! Thanks for sharing this article. He missed a few other reasons why the British don't like Donald Trump. Donald Trump is a sociopath, a racist, a pathological liar, a criminal, a traitor, a misogynist, who has allegedly sexually molested and assaulted women and appears to be sexually attracted to his daughter Ivanka!

thikhead 63M
3180 posts
6/8/2020 12:10 pm

well written and spot on . sadly .

as to his lingering appeal to some americans?

the term "lowest common denominator" applies.

those with deeply-imbedded frustrations and/or predjudices
who envy someone who has the power to act them out?

no lives of their own so they revel in bullying others.
or more accurately,
cowardly falling in step behind the big bully on the block.

NOT ALL OF THEM, of course. but too many.

"well only get through this if we work together. if we dont, none of us will"

redmustang91 61M  
9675 posts
6/12/2020 9:37 am

I am more saddened by the supporters of Trump than Trump himself.

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