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Posted by on Feb 16, 2019 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 5 comments

Why Do So Many Brits Dislike Donald Trump?

 

 

Note to My Readers:  I rarely post content from other writers, since that’s their content and what’s promulgated here at my site is always my own.  However, I was so impressed with this short missive by a British writer named Nate White, that I had to share it.  I hope you will agree, it’s a marvelous retort as to why so many British citizens and people from other countries are appalled by what’s happening in America.

 

Question:  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.

 

Special thanks to Tom Robinson for bringing this to my attention.

 

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5 Comments

  1. That’s well written.. Funny too. (and on point I suppose in many respects)

    Does the writer of this piece speak for all brits? That’s odd. Surely there must be someone who likes Trump out there?

    Nolan.. Your compassion, charm, warmth, wisdom, sensitivity, humility, grace and subtlety Rock Balls!

    Keep on fighting for good my friend and bring back the wine rants ya fucker!

  2. I’m an American and agree with this article. I do disagree with one point, however. Trump’s “base” could be a third of Americans, as mentioned, but I think it’s less than that. The “third” number represents the political wing that supports him. But, his political wing is the smallest of the three political groups in America (Republican, Democratic, and Independent). In actuality, the final numbers seem to show that his base is really about 18 million people, which is a small number of Americans, overall. The good news is that about 57% of all voters in the US have said they will not vote for Trump, for any reason. Most Americans are tired of his antics. We can’t wait for 2020. If not for election fraud and Russian interference in our election, Trump would not be president.

  3. Perfectly written. I wish I had come up with even one of these gems. I will spare you all my apologies for being citizen of the land that spewed Donald Trump into the international spotlight. I am seldom embarrassed and even more rarely ashamed….but both apply to this mans presence. It makes me think that Lee Harvey Oswald was roughly 53 years ahead of his time.

  4. Wholeheartedly agree with the writer’s views with the exception of the overall comparison with Obama, who had he displayed wisdom, sensitivity and humility, would not have taken the US to war in Libya and Syria, indirectly killing thousands of people, as well as maintaining the conflict in Afghanistan. Trump despite his numerous failings as a human being is the first US president since the beginning of the 20th century not to have taken the US to war.

  5. Britain has a population of 66million+ people. How can you possibly know all of their thoughts on Donald Trump.

    You are pigeonholing “so many” Brits as Trump haters. This is simply not true.

    Your title should read ‘Me and my friends are Brits, why do we dislike Donald Trump?’

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