British Writer Pens The Best Description Of Trump I’ve Read


Someone on Quora asked “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.
 

Source: jobsanger: British Writer Pens The Best Description Of Trump I’ve Read

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767 thoughts on “British Writer Pens The Best Description Of Trump I’ve Read

  1. Yes, oh yeah, and yep. All true, and, astonishingly, still funny. Until the world really, really needs leaders more than clowns—then it’s a chore to laugh.

    About the TV show—Trump already hosted a TV show. And that alarming dunce who loved to “pretend” ruin “real” lives with the throw-away meme “You’re Fired!” is exactly the real dunce who real people chauffeured into real power. That spectacle was inexplicable to many of us, but for people whose childhood revolved around evangelical Sundays, Hee-Haw Wednesdays and Indy 500 Saturdays, then the nourishment of a compelling education in history, geography and ethics would fade in comparison, if it entered their experience at all.

    That demographic was unable in adulthood to choose an evening in the embrace of Sinclair Lewis or E. M. Forster over a decerebration appointment with reality television. So if they summon enough power of anatomy and synaptic charge to depart their sofa and find a voting booth, what in their evolutionary patrimony will command them to choose a well-read, well-traveled candidate who can only promise solutions of multiple contingencies, all rooted in the 18th century rejection of ossified metaphysics for a self-regulated society animated by the literate, inquiring ferment of tolerant Francophiles, whose own exemplar hero lived in a dusty, Mediterranean experimental community and reversed the inevitability of static human tragedy with a blisteringly eloquent funeral oration 25 centuries ago?

  2. All the world’s a TV set and all the men and women are merely props. Forget them; I’m the star!

  3. This author is BRITISH!!!!!!! WOW!!!!
    Yep, I guess Trump was totally stupid to close-off flights into New York before Britain and EU thought of it.YEA, totally stupid. Everyone called Trump racist then yet the proactive act saved the spread!
    I find all these presidental hate politics forum offensive when the USA and world is going through death and major world crisis.
    Can you explain this one to me how this helps??
    Hey, if I lose friends over it, I don’t care! I think it is wrong to propagate on fb in this MANNER NOW.
    Did anyone stop to think the thousands of people risking their lives who work for the President?
    I guess folks must like to read in print how the British are laughing at US NOW???
    Oh THUMBS DOWN and my finger to the BRITISH author !!

    1. Who exactly are the “thousands of people risking their lives who work for the President”? I hope you do not mean members U.S. military who do not “WORK FOR” Donald Trump. I assume you do not mean the U.S. State Department, where almost half of the top-level jobs are still empty – almost three years into the administration.

      No – the American people “risking their lives” right now under Trump, are the first responders in the Covid-19 crisis: Nurses, doctors, rescue workers, food transportation workers… WORKERS! And these DO NOT work for Donald Trump.

      You also ask, “Can you explain… how this helps??” Trump tweeted about “Crooked Hillary” 10 minutes ago. Tell The Hobbledehoy how that “helps.”

  4. How come the brits always believe us Americans enjoy their nasty opinions. We could care less about who your next PM will be, or what the current one has done wrong. It truly is amazing how your government switches them out, good or bad!
    As for Trump, he has many flaws, but he has done what he claimed to do. The electoral college majority authenticated his win but our slobbering Democrats couldn’t accept their loss. They filled the media with crap and look how the British people sucked it up, bought into all the BS. Talk about shallow and having no talent or wit.
    A good amount of us on this side of the pond wanted a different kind of candidate. Both parties put the usual supply of has been and wanna bees that were the product of Washington DC culture. More of the same and totally boring. Along came Trump with nothing to personally gain, other than the title of Mr. President, and it became a large flush of fresh air.
    Besides, don’t even say he was going to make more money, every President has made more money from the position, along with some of the lifetime members of Congress who never seem to go away.
    As a service man stationed in England I was told never to say anything bad or derogatory about the royal family. I respected that instruction from my government. I think the British people should stick their nose into the business of somebody else, maybe China as a start.

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