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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

B. Barbour 19 hours ago
Donald Trump is that most unforgivable of things - a fool. He demonstrates this on an almost daily basis, by endlessly repeating some falsehood or by making something up out of whole cloth, often to his own detriment. Exactly how smart do you have to be to lose a defamation case and be fined five million dollars, then do it again the next day and be fined over ten times the first judgement… I think that anyone who thinks that Trump is a savvy politician has only to look at the number of people he has appointed to various cabinet positions that have since quit, resigned, abdicated, or just plain run away from him with all haste. To a man (or woman), all were praised to the skies in the beginning, and brutalized for their “disloyalty” when they fled from this maniac. The thing I truly cannot understand is the large number of Trump faithful that stand by him and tell the rest of us, “Yeah, he’s my kind of guy!” Racist, sexually assaultive, uneducated, unperceptive, cruel, and a boor by any standard you care to name, Donald Trump is the only human being I have ever prayed with all my heart to see grab his chest and hit the floor, or be directly under a falling piano. He is by any measure the biggest threat to our democracy that has ever existed, and I wish him GONE!
Phillip Ross 2 days ago
To the naysayers, when you can’t defend his Orangeness and you can’t, always deflect. That’s all you can do. Sad
Kathleen Worthington 4 days ago
Mr. White, you have hit the nail on the head with your comments on Trump he is a vulgar bore and as a caring American I just wish he would be gone. Heis not good for our country.
Henry Brand 5 days ago
As a quote arguably attributed to Winston Churchill goes, "Americans will always do the right thing, only after they have tried everything else."
My hope is we will eventually use this period in our history to strengthen our Constitution, laws, and future zeitgeist to guard against this horrible assault on our representative democracy. Perhaps transitioning out of this assault from hell will make us the paradigm of decency in government.

We have to.
Teresa Cook 9 days ago
This is a dark time for the United States of America. I still have hope that our justice system will hold, that we will see justice served, and we will one day look back and be thankful for these years. Imagine if he were all those things AND intelligent, witty, cunning, composed and charming? He is a destructive man. He is a persistent man. He is an arrogant and ambitious man. These qualities, in a position of influence makes him a dangerous man. Thank god he throws catsup like a two year old! Imagine how much worse it could have been if he weren’t such a baboon. We as citizens took for granted democracy as if it were our right instead of our duty to protect. He has shown us how much bigotry, sexism and xenophobia exist and is allowing us the opportunity to address the hate at a whole new level. He has shown us how destructive political propaganda can infiltrate major news networks giving credence to and becoming a vehicle to spread lies. He has shown us once again how creating fear and hate is an effective way to control people. Most importantly, he has shown us where our strengths are and where our weaknesses are and in the future this country will be better prepared for a real dictator in waiting. Now we know it is possible! For now we better buckle our seat belts, keep our hands and feet inside because this is going to be one wild ride! I would crawl through broken glass to vote against Donald Trump! 💙💙💙💙💙
A Jay 10 days ago
How terrifyingly accurate!
Felix Justice 10 days ago
Can you imagine the joy it will bring to have real Christian Americans restored to the levers of power and decision-making in America - the Trumps, Donald and his exquisite wife Balania, so much in love, so heralding of the true genius of this great country. Good to be rid of the phoney Obama’s! We want reality, Trump! Send the Obamas back to the shithole countries they came from.
HB 11 days ago
The author of this diatribe must have been looking in a mirror because he has very accurately described the British politicians and a good part of their aristocracy who pretend to have the qualities so clearly defined as missing from Trump. For confirmation of the British "class" just ask any Rhodesian. The so called "class" you claim to have is better defined as two faced, backstabbing, thieving and traitorous. Ask the masses in Zimbabwe how well they are doing after being helped by the British to become independent. I was once told that a German will look you in the face and stab you in the chest - an Englishman will smile into your face and stab you in the back. I'd rather deal with a crass bastard like Trump than a traitorous hypocrite any time in my life. PS if you think Trump is a problem have a good look around and see exactly were the USA and the UK are heading with their current and past administrations. I'm not sure if I should learn Russian, Chinese or Arabic because English will soon be replaced due to British and American leftist flawed philosophy and incompetence.
LMT 11 days ago
So terrifyingly accurate & true!
John Caldeira 11 days ago
Could not have said it better. Trump is evil, scary.

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