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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

Reed 6 days ago
Loved Mr. Whites article and description of Donald Trump! He did leave out the fact that he is also unsophisticated.
Mickey 6 days ago
Excellent!! That’s what I think about this person.
Kathy Dougherty 6 days ago
Kudos to Mr. White for the ultimate description of why trump should be despised. His disdain for any of the conventional attributes of humanity place him in a category of his own. Leave it to a Brit to find the truth in him, using the best of English humor no less.
Elaine 6 days ago
Mr. Standish, you clearly have not sought any sources to back up your ridiculous claim, unless you are consulting Trump’s catalogue of lies. In a recent (February 2024) survey, 154 presidential specialists who are currently members of the American Political Science Association. Trump was LAST. Joe Biden was ranked at #16. Obama was ranked at #7, which would surely enrage Trump, of course. This information is on the Axios website, and similar results from other surveys can be easily Googled. You will believe anything Trump says, even when he doesn’t have the facts and figures to back him up.
Reed 7 days ago
Well Mr. Standish, you’re pretty stupid, I’ll give you that!
James Standish 7 days ago
Whoever wrote this about Trump has there head up their ass, you must be a Biden fan who is nothing but a communist, a liar hand cheat he’s the worst president we ever had and probably will ever have, do your best. Have a good day
Mary 8 days ago
Ditto x millions
Susan 10 days ago
You can add deeply dishonest, totally narcissistic, completely amoral, ignorant and delusional.
Sigrid Rochte 11 days ago
My comment disappeared. I’ll be more brief. Well put. I think his „ style“ appeals to the crass among us. What’s even worse is that he promises to be Dictator so we’ll never need to have another election. And he promises that from DAY ONE, he will implement Poject 25 to take away all Democracy.
Beth Hird 11 days ago
A most excellent assessment. After living in London for 3 years I am still in deep admiration of the brilliant and uncanny way in which British writers can succinctly and directly mak their point. No exception here. I shudder to think he might be re-elected; it makes one embarrassed to be an American.

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