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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

bea mills 11 hours ago
Gordon's comment is both accurate to a limited degree and sloppy on the other. He does not speak for those who never liked, let along respected, Trump. Is he a disenchanted Trumpista? The skepticism and the disrespect for what he sees as an elite political class merges with a distaste for education and skills acquisition that some Yanks have acquired (and look what the amateurs, the ideologues like Betsey DeVos to name, but one, have done on their jobs!) Sadly, what isn't acknowledged is the determined effort not to see how the US class system plays out: the thugs who stormed the capitol and the "Americans" this person is speaking of are, at best working class (oh, with a sprinkling of politically illiterate, better off, neo-fascists) in a country where the working class isn't working. When it comes to the thug end, Trump, despite his ill-gotten wealth, is just as uneducated and ignorant as they are; and that's the reason he is so loved by them. The ex– (HALLELUJAH!) the ex-president, however, cares less about them, helping them, or righting the wrongs they've suffered. Note that he pleaded for their help for HIM, not for the collectivity of them: all Trump ever cared to receive from them is applause. He gave nothing. Sense of humor? Well..... Yank pop culture depends upon some of that same cruel mockery, frat boy humor, stupidness that Trump has (take a look at what's offered on Netflix), and less and less on anything that doesn't insult one's intelligence. To some degree there's some humor on the late night political commentaries (but, egad! isn't John Oliver British? Trevor Noah, South African? okay, we've got Stephen Colbert...) And, surprise, surprise, some of the better humorists come from the groups most discriminated against.
Rodolfo Navarro 15 hours ago
Michael Gordon: An average Joe rising to the top of his own volition...? I hope you’re not confusing such an admirable quality with Trump. Daddy’s money and influence got him everything, then bailed him out after his business ventures flopped due to his ineptitude. Please, find a better example.
Michael Gordon 16 hours ago
This article makes several good points, but as an American, I think this article contrives, or maybe fails to understand, many aspects of American society.
The first is that Americans are deeply skeptical of bureaucracy in a unique and extreme way. This stems as far back as the Revolutionary War. Unlike in Britain, where social norms favor upper class manners and values, Americans value, and to a certain extent even fetishize, the image of the average Joe rising to the top of his own volition. We generally hate the idea of government itself. We also worship ideas of rugged individualism and frontier justice. This is a major part of our culture. As Ronald Reagan once said, “the worst 9 words an American can hear are, ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’”
Americans aren’t unable to see Trump’s flaws; in fact, they was his greatest selling point. Many Americans wrongly assumed his flaws would be the perfect thing to disrupt the back door dealings of Washington.
This didn’t work for two simple reasons. Yes, the US government is an insider’s club run by rich people and lobbyists, but sending a person with no idea how to navigate that corrupt system... is not going to fix the corrupt system. The second reason it didn’t work is because Trump is one of those corrupt lobbyists himself.
Also, what’s this malarkey about Americans not having a sense of humour? Just because we’re more blunt and direct than the Brits, doesn’t mean we’re less “sophisticated” or lacking in nuance. The US is a brain drain for the rest of the world. Many of the world’s greatest comedians have come out of the US too.

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