A Brit Defines Trump …

One of my biggest concerns when Trump was first elected was what he would do in the area of foreign policy, an area in which he had absolutely no experience.  It took only a couple of days for me to see the direction he would take, and he has only reinforced what I knew from the beginning, that he would destroy our alliances and make us a pariah in the rest of the world.  I was sent this piece by a friend today who saw it on Facebook, but when I went in search of the original source, I also found it on a number of other websites.  Someone posted a question on Quora in February 2019, and this response was written by a British copy writer who goes by the name of Nate White. It fairly well sums up, I think, the person in the Oval Office and how he is viewed by our friends across the pond.

“Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?”

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.”


36 thoughts on “A Brit Defines Trump …

  1. The author doesn’t pull any punches, does he? And he is right. “There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.” However, Keith is right too ~ it is Trump’s political behaviour, corrupt, chaotic, that needs to be focused on.


  2. Apart from a few in Johnson’s inner circle, Trump is not respected here. Much of Johnson’s strategy has ultimately come from Trumps team. It might work in stable times but it’s a disaster waiting to happen in a crisis. Johnson is actually in trouble now. Murdock has turned against him. Suddenly the truth is starting to be widely published about his lack of commitment to the job. Question is can he bluff his way out of this one.

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  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    PERFECTION!! … couldn’t have said it any better!! … ‘ this response was written by a British copy writer who goes by the name of Nate White. It fairly well sums up, I think, the person in the Oval Office and how he is viewed by our friends across the pond.’

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  4. Trump is the only person I have heard read aloud from a speech written for him and get so lost in words he does not understand that he veers off into trajectories trying to show he understands what he is reading by discombobulating it into something no one else can understand either, usually ending up by telling us that he is the no. 1 person in the world who has ever spoken on the subject at hand–which is seldom the subject of whatever the speechwriter intended. In other words, he is a nincompoop.

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    • You’re right, and not the first to say it. He is barely functionally literate. Sure, he has a degree from Wharton School of Business, but shortly after taking office, he threatened the school if they released his transcripts. In other words, he failed and daddy bought his degree. Aides have said that his attention span is limited to a few short minutes. And he cannot string a sentence together unless someone with a brain did it for him. Simplest solution is for the media to stop covering him and his every rambling, egomaniacal press briefing. Nincompoop pretty much sums it up!


    • Goes to show how our friends across the pond have a better sense of judgement and clarity when it comes to character. Some Americans on the other hand are delusional, thinking Trump has done a great job, his approval rating climbing over 50% in all the polls. What could it be, his cult of personality or lack thereof? His mindless bigotry or lack of charm? His sickly unappealing jabba the hut appearance? Why is this man so popular, appealing among half of my fellow citizens? He has no redeeming value, dumber than Homer Simpson, behaves like an elementary schoolyard bully. Why is this man still President???

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      • Trump’s approval rating bump was short-lived. He got it by offering Americans those one-time cash payments (everybody loves handouts!), and by blatantly lying in his daily propaganda “press conferences.” But, the public quickly wised-up. Nate Silver’s 538 blog put Trump’s aggregate poll rating this morning at 52.2% disapprove and 44.0% approve.

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  5. Jill, while all of this may be true, I would focus on his corrupt, deceitful, bullying, incompetent and chaotic behavior. These behaviors are what is lowering America’s reputation both here and abroad. While I am not surprised by the first three traits, I must confess his incompetence and chaos have. He brags on not studying issues, but his inability to vet people and issues and communicate forthcoming change to those who need to know is mind-boggling. Coupled with the his impetuous and impulsive changes in what he says truly leaves everyone in and everything in a state of disarray. South Korea has been succesful in limiting COVID-19 due to a plan of “test, track and treat.” When I heard that, I felt it must be nice to have a plan of attack.

    In short, our military have a term to describe the leadership and managerial skills of the president. It begins with the word “cluster.” Keith

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    • True that some things matter more, and you are certainly correct that we must focus on those. But, I found it interesting to get the view from ‘cross the pond. Yep, Keith, his entire presidency has been one giant cluster, and likely to get far worse over the coming six months, as he sees his popularity wane (hopefully).


  6. The is great and I don’t know which is better…this or one I just read over at Nan’s Notebook.

    “No inner world..no soul ” says it all.

    I was thinking today when he reads a speech in his monotone mispronounced way, I believe he is mentally incapable of any visualization of what the words, not only mean, but how they fit into a cognitive sentence.

    When he’s fired up with his cult, he is different…like a light has been turned on in his brain, but otherwise it is like a child just pronouncing a few words strung together without any clue as to the meaning or context. There is no way for him to visualize this at all.
    I wonder if he’s had a lobotomy?😜

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    • I’ll have to head over to Nan’s and check her’s out! Yes, when he is reading from notes or a teleprompter, it’s as if he’s just trying to figure out how to say the words, without having a clue what any of it means. It’s only when he’s engaging in hate speech that he shows true enthusiasm. This tells us something. No, he hasn’t had, but perhaps he should have a lobotomy.

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