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British Writer Pens The Best Description Of Trump I’ve Read

British Writer Pens The Best Description Of Trump I’ve Read

Nate White
“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 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.
Comments

Texas BLUE 1 min ago
FINE! I will ask Bill Maher to have Ted Cruz on his future panel to clarify what exactly the 70 million really want. Or maybe FOX should 🙄
Ann T 1 day ago
For what it’s worth, there are many sites that fact check news organizations (radio, TV, and print materials) for their reliability and bias. I found an excellent, unbiased source for fact-checking the news, if anyone is interested. They post fact checks on individual articles, too. For example, Infowars claimed that China invested $400 million in Dominion voting machines. That claim is FALSE. Attacking Dominion has been a staple of Fox News for the last two months.

I’m not sure how this site is set up for direct links, so I will type it as mediabiasfactcheck(dot)com Use a period instead of the (dot)
Dawn Daisley 1 day ago
call me naive.... there is a division in America which neither side can understand each other. I think this writing was ACCURATE to MY sensibilities... but states of the so called 30% which is well over 40% and closer to 50%. They have families, children, work hard for support of family, have grandparents that they are caring for... just like all of us. I admit that I don't know what this percentage want. Do they want guns, do they not want equality or no diversity, are they Suprematist. I am confused....I think we have to bring the this remarkable country to a table of conversation. This is a great democratic country that founded on equality and we have made major mistakes in our attempt... but that was our goal, our grace, our purpose at least.... I naively believe. We all need to be heard no matter of race, religion, economics. "the protection of fundamental human rights". Those 40% Proclaim What? I struggle to understand.... WE are a country have to infold them and understand their concerns... I am at a loss and trying to grasp what is their goal and what they need and wants are. I am at a loss to how to start the conversation, BUT believe they can not be neglected just because I don't understand or agree with the sensibilities. They are in fact almost half of our country... the two party system for self correcting..... I cannot stand on the sideline and feel justified that they don't have a voice just because it not mine. I think that is what got us all here to this place and why Donald Thrump is their hero.

Just saying.

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