Donald Trump, in all his magnanimous glory (choke, choke) has offered to apologize to the UK if they want him to! Now isn’t that a noble gesture?
You may remember back on 29 November 2017, when Trump re-tweeted a series of three videos originally posted in the UK by a woman named Jaydan Fransen, deputy leader of British far-right group, Britain First. The videos purported to show Muslims committing acts of violence, though it was proven that they were not what they purported to be. Trump’s purpose in re-tweeting was simply to stir up the anti-Muslim sentiment that his immigration ban relies on.
Fast-forward to this week, in an interview with ITV’s Good Morning Britain, when the subject of Trump’s re-tweet came up, and predictably, Trump claimed ignorance …
“I know nothing about them [Britain First], and I know nothing about them today, other than I read a little bit. Perhaps it was a big story in Britain, perhaps it was a big story in the UK, but in the United States it wasn’t a big story. They had a couple of depictions of radical Islamic terror. It was done because I am a big believer in fighting radical Islamic terror. This was a depiction of radical Islamic terror. If you are telling me they’re horrible people – horrible, racist people – I would certainly apologise if you’d like me to do that.”
If you’d like me to do that. I am reminded of a piece I wrote in September 2016 about apologies, what constitiutes an apology and what doesn’t. An excerpt from that post …
The short definition of ‘apology’ is: a regretful acknowledgment of an offense or failure. Wikipedia defines a ‘non-pology’ as: a statement that has the form of an apology but does not express the expected contrition. Then there is the ‘if-pology’ … “I apologize if I offended anyone.” Or how about this one: “I’m sorry that you feel that way.” Doesn’t actually admit to doing anything wrong, and almost makes it sound as if the person receiving the apology was wrong to feel as he/she did.
Quite honestly, even if Trump bent over backward, stood on his head and sent a dozen red roses to every man, woman and child in the UK, his apology at this point would be a fake apology. One does not announce that one would be willing to apologize (magnanimous gesture, eh?) and then say, “if you’d like me to do that.”
It is reported that plans are once again being made for Trump to visit the UK in the second half of this year. From what my UK friends tell me nobody wants him, and he is likely to create the largest protest in modern history. In addition to the above absurdity, remember that he had the unmitigated gall to criticize London Mayor Sadiq Khan for his handling of a terrorist attack in June 2017.
I am so ashamed of Trump’s behaviour toward our allies, not just over this incident, but this one is certainly shame-worthy. I sincerely apologize to all my friends in the UK for the abomination that we are forced to currently call a “president”.