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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

Trump must go 1 hour ago
Message to fox news. No one cares about hillary clinton or hunterbiden. Do your joband report the facts about the worst president in american history. Its not about being republican or democrat its about being fair and impartial and decent. Any decent human being knows trump is a piece of shit and is a con man. Any decent person knows that fox news has no decency and is engaged in a delusional alternate reality and making suckers out of its followers
Trump must go 1 hour ago
Left wing protesters who commit violence and looting need to be incarcerated. White supremacists who commit violence need to be incarcerated ed. Racist cops need to be fired and if they use excessive force incarcerated. Good cops need to be respected and supported. Minrities need to be protected from racism. President trump needs to be voted out for his handling of pandemic, his racism, being in bed with the dangerousNRa, ignoring climate change, calling mexicans racists, saying muslims should be banned from the country, telling the country not to wear a mask and to drink bleach, spreading the virus and killing people with his mass rallies and his dividing the country and not uniting it. Trumps words and actions will run him out of office not the media
KH 1 hour ago
A protest by some, a joke by others, it only took one election and the sympathy, admiration and respect by the rest of the world for the U.S. is in tatters.
With his oratory skills and cognitive capacity, D.Trump would be in the bottom half of educational achievement in any European high-school. America elected an ignoramus and a snake oil salesman. A misogynist that has in recent years paid more in hush money to porn stars than in federal income taxes. It truly is time to make America sane again, for the sake of its people and the rest of the world.

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