Anyhow, back to Trump...
Someone asked "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?"
Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England, wrote this magnificent 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 ****. 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."
O.K. do I take it that you don't like Trump. Being a perpetual optimist I think there must be some good traits in his character, but he is very good at keeping them covered.
What does your statement that a significant majority of yanks like him say.
While he may well be as bad as you paint him, I wonder about our pollies. Only yesterday they were telling us that foreign powers had hacked into our military. they stated it had to be a major foreign power, because the hacking was so sophisticated. Then they reeled of the suspect list, which included China and Russia, but didn't include USA.
When we think of high tech and sophisticated computer abilities, one place springs directly to mind, but as their president is such a fool it couldn't be them.
What a pity that our PM is not like Trump.
Actually it's not my statement, Yenn. It's credited to Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England.
I am one of many who found it to be an excellent analysis of Trump's character (or lack thereof).
...I wonder about our pollies. Only yesterday they were telling us that foreign powers had hacked into our military. they stated it had to be a major foreign power, because the hacking was so sophisticated. Then they reeled of the suspect list, which included China and Russia, but didn't include USA...
It also included Israel. There is a continued attempt underway to extradite an ex headmistress of a Melbourne girls school on sex charges. Turns out that a close friend of Netanyahu's was protecting her. Perhaps Israel's government has an interest in pressuring Australia's (mainly spineless) politicians over this. Just sayin'...don't shoot the messenger.
Donald loves and admires, Dictators. He is essentially one himself but Putin has more power than he does, at the moment. (but he's working on it). Put-in (forever) loves Donald as he's easy to con. (Dumb as Dog poo) and just allow him to build some sort of Tower in Moscow or arrange some "Photographs " and he will do anything for you. Like work against the EU . Dud and upset the usual range of Friends and Allies of the USA. etc. Nev
The excuse is that Saudis need nuclear energy; what a crock. Their country is ideally suited for solar farms which are cheaper, so that's not the real reason. It's to make lots of money for Trump's friends in big corporations and will start a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region of the planet.