PERFECTLY SAID

A British writer penned the best description of Donald Trump ….

“”Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?”

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.”

– Nate White

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cath
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cath(@cath)
5 months ago

Yes, JG.

“The UK is full of the same kind of morons that inhabit the US. It’s inherent in the species.”

You’re quite right.

They are the universal Thirtypercenters. They are everywhere.

In the UK, they allowed themselves to be stirred up by putin’s useful idiots, into full-blown manic racism, and they voted for brexit.

Then they succumbed to lying boris johnson’s toxic charm. (And money-grubbing boris also had interesting ruzzian connections.)

In 2024, they’ll again vote tory, despite the appalling damage the tories (and their wealthy donors) have inflicted on the UK.

strumpetvine67
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strumpetvine67(@strumpetvine67)
5 months ago

I’ve spent the majority of my working years dealing with children, babysitting during my teen years, currently a professional nanny with a brief stint as a preschool teacher so I’ve worked with all the prepubescent age groups and I can say with complete confidence that Trump has the bravado, intelligence, and arrogance of a spoiled and undisciplined 4 year old boy. I hope he soon spends a long “Time Out” in Georgia’s prison system.

Last edited 5 months ago by strumpetvine67
JGorn
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JGorn(@admin)
5 months ago

It has nothing to do with British vs American sensibilities. Con artists appeal to those lacking critical thinking skills by pretending to care about their irrational concerns. The con artist feeds them what they want to hear. We see that all over the world and always have.

It just happens that Trump is particularly adept at fleecing morons, and to be sure, he has fans in the UK even though they are not his direct target.

Last edited 5 months ago by JGorn
lying_orange_hands
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lying_orange_hands(@lying_orange_hands)
5 months ago

I would go to SAV to hopefully learn something. An inside nugget that perhaps I missed in the daily noise news. While this isn’t an outlier nugget, it’s a point I didn’t really consider too strongly because there is so much wrong with him. Solid relevant points. Leave it to the UK.

Avery Voyeur
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Avery Voyeur(@avery-voyeur)
5 months ago

Wow, he nailed it.

This is exactly how I feel about that orange turd.

Thanks for this article.

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