Well, guys, Thanksgiving is over and it’s time to get down to business here. Filosofa is back on the job with a dose of snark to start your Friday with a grrrrrrrrrowl!
Donnie goes on the campaign trail … in London!
Guess what, folks? Trump is going to be visiting the UK again next week. Yep, he’s going back to embarrass us some more, demean our allies yet again, but that’s not all! He’s also planning to hold a fundraiser there, whereby he plans to collect $3 million in donations from the Brits. You can pick up your jaws from the floor now … yes, you heard me right … he’s going on a campaign rally, albeit a high-class campaign rally, in London. But, more about that in a minute.
The initial reason for his trip is the annual NATO summit. Trump has bullied and threatened until finally the NATO leadership has given in to at least one of his ‘demands’, and they have reduced the amount the U.S. contributes to the alliance’s central budget. According to the alliance’s secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg …
“The U.S. will pay less, Germany will pay more, so now the U.S. and Germany will pay the same.”
The concession was made in hopes that there would be no grandstanding and drama at the summit, but I’m not holding my breath, for no doubt Trump will find something else to bitch about, will find yet another way to humiliate the citizens of the U.S. To all my UK friends, please accept my sincere apologies in advance.
Now, about that fundraiser …
The invitation lists three tiers of donors:
- For $125,000, a donor can join a roundtable, get a photo with the president and attend the reception.
- For $50,000, a donor gets the photo and reception.
- For $35,000, they can just attend the reception.
First of all, who in their right mind would pose for a picture with him??? But, to pay $125,000, or even $50,000 for it??? What comes to mind, though, is … what would anybody in the UK donating to his campaign have to gain? Now, your ordinary person like me or you might kick in $25 to a presidential hopeful, and if we did, it would be only to help the candidate we believe best qualified for the job, for we are not in a position to trade favours. But, when people donate hundreds of thousands of dollars, they do so in exchange for political favours. Ponder on that one for a bit.
It is said that he is expecting to attract expatriates, and that donors must present a valid U.S. passport in order to attend, but … I guess I just have a suspicious mind. And … if an expatriate is living in London, it seems unlikely to me that he would have an interest in helping Trump win next year’s election. The fundraiser will be hosted by Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel, co-chair Tommy Hicks Jr., national finance chair Todd Ricketts, and Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale. I sincerely hope the Brits put on their best display and that the baby Trump balloon is flying high!
Donnie’s twin across the pond?
I have long said that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has shared DNA with Donald Trump. Two peas in a pod. Granted, Boris is smarter and more literate than Donnie, and even slightly easier on the eyes, but beyond that, they think alike, which is no good thing for either the U.S. or the UK. As we all know, Donald Trump and his band of thugs have done everything in their power to roll back environmental regulations, putting animals, people and our very planet at risk. Apparently, Boris isn’t much of a believer in climate change either.
On Thursday, a British television station, Channel 4 News, hosted a climate debate ahead of next month’s election. Neither Prime Minister Johnson nor Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage bothered to show up. Nigel’s excuse was that the discussion wouldn’t be about Brexit, apparently the only topic he knows how to talk about, but his absence was no great loss. One would think, however, that the nation’s leader would be concerned enough to want to attend, to share his own views with those who will be voting in just a couple of weeks.The Brits know how to do things up right, though. Since Boris and Nigel failed to show up, their places on the debate stage were occupied by ice sculptures with their party’s logos. Melting ice sculptures. The network said the ice sculptures “represent the emergency on planet Earth.” Seems fair enough to me. Nigel’s absence wasn’t much noted, but Boris’ absence fueled criticism that he has sought to avoid both the public and tough questions from the press during the election campaign. In typical Trump fashion, Boris’ party, the Conservative Party, accused the network of ‘partisan bias’ just as Trump continually claims the U.S. media are biased and ‘out to get him’. And again, in a Trumpian-style movement, the party has threatened to ‘review the network’s broadcast license’ … but not ‘til after the election. Boris and Donnie … possibly twins separated at birth? Both sore losers, both with juvenile temperaments, neither putting the best interests of their nations in the foreground. Oh yeah, and both with really fake hair that looks like the straw in a horse’s stall. And apparently, I’m not the only one who sees the resemblance …