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.
 

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

  1. England prefers rooting for David? Are you kidding me? Ask the citizens in the North of Ireland if they see the occupation as David or Goliath! England tyranny and conquering throughout history is one of the biggest stories of bullying in history. Murdering freedom fighters, potato famine, moving Scottish citizens into Ireland to work conquered land and and and. I don’t like Trump either, but to wrap yourself in a cloak of holiness is extremely hypocritical. Give Ireland back to the Irish, then England can start to talk.

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    1. i,m Canadian and what you write about the imposter of the White House is right.It is easy for us to find out everything about that vulgar garbage bully he is our neighbor.

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      1. Yep Ang they have a weird scince of humored .I like Trump and chose to follow his lead he is praying for us all

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      2. They have learned from their mistakes. They have matured and managed to retain their decency. And at least they value that. Will we?

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    2. Eire has been given back to the Irish, but Northern Ireland is determined to remain British so we can’t cut them off.
      The history was indeed brutal and shameful, as was much of our empire building around the world, and thank goodness times have changed.

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      1. Johnson isn’t even a close ‘second’ to Trump.

        Don-The-Con is sociopathologically ignorant, illiterate, unlearned, unconscionable, pernicious, megalomaniacal, pathological, non-stop liar, who sold the US to Putin for a pittance in his penniless pocket. Unscrupulous Trump is deplorably dangerous, most akin to a chained, starving, mange and vermin-infested junkyard jackal. Jackals kill to stay alive. Trump kills for the sheer, unadulterated pleasure of watching his victims suffer. He is an unremitting spoiled, perverted, tantrum tossing addle-brained, inhumane, unsound, cowardly bully who should have been locked away decades ago for the good of humanity.

        I have no doubt he eats his own excrement, is deeply infatuated with his non-stop flatulence, and wears over-priced, underwhelming silky, pink, lace undies packed with a taffy-coated dildo. He runs a third-rate, second-story, crime syndicate out of OUR White House where he is nothing more than an interloper; a squatter; a lower-than-life scum-sucking, psychotic windbag of fleas and bed bugs – like his Doral Resort, where he intended to fleece world leaders.

        Johnson was a warrior, albeit, a lousy human and POTUS, but a warrior none-the-less.

        By comparison, “Turncoat Trump” is a cheating, cheapskate chicken-eating, cowardly, infantile, obnoxious, obese, despicable, putrid, repugnant, physician-bribing draft dodger.

        Nope. Not even close!

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    1. Trump was elected by people. That’s the way we do it and why we’re a great country. Hate Trump, love Trump.

      None of your damn business. He’ll soon leave and another will be in the office. Dont get personal….we’ve done this for many hundred years.

      How come you say nothing about Putin, Assad, Shithead in Iran, horrible murders in Africa, Red China, N Korea? Pick on Trump…you have no balls…let trump be trump….sound off on Chona and N Korea…et al….

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      1. Putin, Assad and shithead in Iran (as you call him) are all friends with Trump, read the news!

        Trump is a greedy fuck who doesn’t care about Americans, He is a new age Hitler! Wake up!

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      2. Dimwits alike Steve Jonason is the reason why this dumb as, “Comrade Drump”, is in the White House.
        This article had me laughing my ass off. It’s well written, witty and most of all 100% correct.

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      3. He wasn’t elected by people he was elected by the electoral college which especially after this major screwup needs to be disbanded. Sure there are plenty of other asshats out there but everyone knows that and they don’t really even deny what they are. And trump calls most of them friends, all of the past presidents have not wanted to do anything with any of them. Even Nixon.

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      4. The reason we don’t say anything about “, Assad, Shithead in Iran, horrible murders in Africa, Red China, N Korea? Pick on Trump…you have no balls…let trump be trump….sound off on Chona and N Korea…et al….” is because the shithead in our oval office us greasing the skids for all of those shitheads to run roughshod. They would be inconsequential without his aiding and abetting them.

        Go put on your MAGA/KKK hood and fall in line with your tyrant. His most devoted followers are clueless to the truth. We will replace his fat, sorry ass and put him in prison. Just remember that those who support him will not be forgotten. GFY

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      5. I’m sorry. Was this blog about Putin, Assad, etc, etc. We can go into that too. Crazy they’re all getting EVERYTHING THEY WANT with this lardpuppet in office. But if you’re gonna tell people to mind their own business, why aren’t you minding your own with all the countries you listed? Poor baby Trump…lol…are you really a grown man endorsing this whiny bitch who never stops crying? Oh, and trying to enlist foreign help in our elections. So who knows WHO elected Trump.

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      6. WRONG.

        The people elected Hillary Rodham Clinton by more than 3 million votes. The “people” did NOT elect Trump. The world is impacted by the likes of the liar-in-chief, so every citizen of the world has every right to voice their opinion – IMHO, of course!

        The Electoral College put Trump in office, just like they put Baby Bush, another ill-equipped, lying repugnant who conjured up a war which claimed thousands of American lives and destabilized the region to could rake $Billions. Of course, Bush only needed SCOTUS to help put him in office, whereas, Trump needed Vladimir Putin’s help. I am undecided which is worse.

        Hate Trump; Love Trump. He is the scum of the earth, regardless of your inability to know how he took office.

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      7. Because he was asked to comment about Trump! So he answered a question he was asked. And by the way, as long as the US insist upon meddling in the affairs of the rest of the world, it will be our business as well.
        You want us to talk about the other oligarchs, diktators and tyrants of the world, we can do that, but it is a little bit telling and very disturbing, that you compare your democratic elected leader with such scum of the earth, and stand proud of your election of that leader.

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      8. Agreed. President Trump is easy pickings and will soon be gone. America will survive him. We should focus our animosity on loftier worries.

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      9. The very fact that you understand Trump should be compared to Putin, Assad, etc. is an admission that our President has joined the “worst-ever” crowd. “Well, he’s better than Assad…” is not something an American should ever have to say when looking for words to describe their President.

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      10. “How come you say nothing about Putin…” Oh geez, I don’t know. Maybe because the article is about Trump?

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      11. Trump was NOT elected by the people. The popular vote elected his opponent. He was elected by the electoral college, which clearly does not reflect the will of the people.

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      12. Let’s be clear. Trump was elected by the electoral college. Not the people. The people elected the Democrats to the majority in the house, so they can do their constitutional duty and provide checks and balances on the executive branch of government, at the same time passing 400 bills to the Senate, which now sit on do nothing McConnel’s desk.

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      13. Trump was not elected by the people. He was elected by cigar smoking back room dealing electorates in the electoral college who didn’t have the balls to do the job they were put in place to do, prevent demagoguery. Full Stop.

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      14. Most ppl didn’t want him… but I don’t think we will get new president in a year… many ppl are ashamed to admit they vote for him, which is why last polls were wrong and now ppl will be doing the same or looking for other justifications of why they have ‘no option’ but to vote on him. Last time it was Hillary and all conspiracy theories etc, now it will be socialist agenda ofWarren or Biden’s son etc.. of course despite Trump family and staffers doing worse than Hillary or Biden’s ever did.

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      15. For one reason, those other despots do not hog the international spotlight all day, every day. They aren’t spouting their evilness into the wee hours of the morning. They kill people; Trump desecrates them and every one of us living in this country. We can’t be rid of him quickly enough and it will take more time than my life to undo the damage he has caused here

        Sadly, Trump is their business! He has riled the hate-filled classes of the world by delivering the messages of exclusion, racism, sexism and inhumanity from the lofty pulpit of what used to be the “beacon of hope” for a weary world. He has affected/infected the entire planet.

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  2. I’ve often said that trump is way beyond the perfect example of some type of life form, utterly without the most remote vestiges of a soul. J. Kirby smith.

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  3. The reason Trump lacks all the qualities mentioned at the beginning of this article is due to the fact he is a pathological narcissist, which makes him a sociopath. Sociopaths are incapable of humor, self-awareness, sympathy, empathy, and merely see other people as “things” that have no value or reality beyond how they can be used to inflate their fragile and wildly exaggerated egos, in constant need of reassurance. Trump is an empty and very frightened totally self-absorbed person with the emotional and mental state of a disturbed infant. Among the worst possible selections to have in a position of power.

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    1. Aye, and he represents the third of the country who unfortunately recognize these characteristics as strength. What’s really menacing is when his narcissism and sociopathy converge with his Social Darwinism beliefs. It is then when his worldview manifests the most potential harm.

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      1. The election of Trump had more to do with how people did not believe in HRC AND his own promises which actually sounded more like Dems policy than our own. We failed as progressives to understand the deep pain and suffering of so many who have been discarded by the system. They were ripe for a potential populist which is exactly how Trump positioned himself. We Dems only have ourselves to blame. And still today we sound like Republican Lites. Heck the UK conservative party sounds more liberal and progressive than we do. I have no faith in the wishy washy policies of Biden and his middle of the road crowd. The only true Trump and GOP supporters are right wing Christians and Americans who do not want to pay taxes. Lets call the latter what they are. Traitors. We must be bold and lay out a truly progressive agenda that benefits everyone. If we cannot defeat this disgusting human being then the country needs to get worse before it can get better.

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  4. Just to point out to David that we DID give Ireland back to the Irish. The North however voted to stay part of the UK and to date, that has stayed the same, though what effect Brexit might have on them when their quality of life returns to shit or the violence restarts on the fake border, who can say?

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    1. It’s a very large concern, isn’t it. Seems like there ought to be a simple solution, but so far no one’s stumbled upon it. It seems it’ll wind up being mostly up to them to return to hostilities or not. Hopefully, sharper minds will prevail, but the way the jobs and politics and poverty issues are currently, the field just seems too ripe for our worst fears.

      Revisiting independence might be their best way out now. At least then, they’d be calling their own shots and have an equal footing with immediate neighbors to establish friendly relations.

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  5. More fake news from some low brow British blog.
    Trump is doing so many great things for the underprivileged and minorities.
    It is going to be great when he wins by a landslide in 2020.

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      1. “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States… The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” ~Isaac Asimov

        I appreciate your control and humor in dealing with my deluded countrymen. Voltaire would have approved.

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    1. Please, please give me a list of some of the good things he has done for the underprivileged and handicapped. I am at a loss to list them. Thank you.

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    2. You must be high… great things for minorities and underprivileged? Name one. Definitely not Tax reform, not detentions, not deportations, not raids, not promoting kindness and unity among our society… I dare you, just one.

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  6. “In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws – he would make a Trump.” Is the best line of text ever written, uttered, or thought in any language in the history of ever. That family as a whole appeals to many of my countrymen because he says what they think but know to be wrong. Humans in general don’t like being told what to do and they certainly do not like being wrong. He is all things wrong with hedonism in one meat sack. He’s a sausage made of literal floor scrappings and offal. To the World: most of us USer’s know we can be loud, cranky, bullish and crass. We try our best to tone it down when we travel abroad. (no, I have no idea why some emblazon themselves with the flag it’s really quite odd) Please forgive us for what we have wrought.

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  7. Yeah, when Trump talks you know what he says and what he means. Hang your sweet British sensitivity on a goosebery bush. And I grew up in the British Empire, and love the
    Queen (Not all of the kids, however).

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    1. Means what hes says? Like: “We think we’ll make this little announcement to you because — important. You know the so-called whistleblower? The one that didn’t have any first-class, or first-rate, or second-tier information, from what I understand. You’ll have to figure that out for yourself. But I’ve spoken with Leader Kevin McCarthy and the Republicans — many of them — and we were going to do this anyway, but I’ve informed them — all of the House members — that I fully support transparency on the so-called whistleblower information, even though it was supposedly second-hand information, which is sort of interesting.”
      Then told his folks not to testify or release documents? Really meant what he said!
      And to be honest – most of the time, no one has a clue what he means. I think he meant “first hand”? but who knows?

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    2. “Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart—you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world—it’s true!—but when you’re a conservative Republican they try—oh, do they do a number—that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune—you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged—but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me—it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are (nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what’s going to happen and he was right—who would have thought?), but when you look at what’s going on with the four prisoners—now it used to be three, now it’s four—but when it was three and even now, I would have said it’s all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don’t, they haven’t figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it’s gonna take them about another 150 years—but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us.”

      – Donald Trump

      “Yeah, when Trump talks you know what he says and what he means.”

      – Kitchener e Head

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    3. Really?

      You poor thing. You are among the minority who think Trump’s bat shit crazy, off-the-hinges, rambling lunacy is both understandable and admirable.

      Apparently, British schools neglected teaching critical thinking skills – much like the US in recent decades.

      Nothing coming from Don-The-Con’s mob boss filthy mouth is truth, understandable, or based in reality.

      Perhaps you were deprived of fairy tales as a child, and Trump fills a latent need for fantastical tales!

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    4. This is true. The problem is the things he says and what he means are rather juvenile, intolerant and hurtful.

      Tact, wisdom,
      charm and charity
      manifest sensitivity.
      By lacking these
      he only grows
      distrust and hate and fearful woes.

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    5. Actually it’s hard to comprehend what he is saying, as it’s gibberish unless he keeps to a script written by someone who actually knows something…first grader has more coherent speech patterns than him.

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  8. my 7 yr. old granddaughter wrote a poem with my help about Trump
    TRUMPTY DUMPTY BUILT A GREAT WALL
    TRUMPTY DUMPTY HAD A GREAT FALL
    ALL OF TRUMPS FAMILY AND ALL OF TRUMPS MEN
    COULDN’T PUT TRUMP TOGETHER AGAIN

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  9. You are all very wrong, and history will tell the truth. Thank god that Trump won. If not, the world was falling into chaos under the leadership of your buddy Obama. Russia was out of control, Iran was out of control, North Korea was out of control. Obama created ISIS with his terrible decisions. But, you like that he had table manners. I hope you don’t vote for table manners in Britain…

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    1. George W Bush created ISIS, you dolt. Agent Orange is setting Puton, Un and thr rest of the tyrants for a poker game where the chips are the teeth of the people they’ve killed.

      “When the speech condemns a free press, you are hearing tge words of a tyrant.”
      -Thomas Jefferson

      You obviously slept through history classes, probably slept through EVERY class. GFY

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    2. Prime Minister Johnson proves your hope.

      Regarding the created chaos of the past administration, I have to mostly agree. But, I think it’s more the direction American foreign policy’s been going these last fifty years that’s at fault; regime change wars with CIA involvement for corporate backers seems more to blame than any one man or administration. Both Democratic and Republican leaders equally share the blame, since the Reagan era, for sure, and Johnson/Vietnam before even that.

      Once we divorce ourselves from policing other nations, we’ll find firmer footing at home, with our allies and with other countries. The longer we continue our current path, the more chaos will we spread throughout the world.

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  10. Yes the accuracy of the recognition of Trumps lack of humor is spot on. Also take notice of there being no presidential dog or pets (not counting Stephen Miller). Empty of humor and love for animals, nothing more to be said.

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    1. It does say a lot, doesn’t it. The most interesting thing I found in Nate Whites description was that lack of humor. It truly is an important aspect of being human, in being relatable and in relating to the rest of the world.

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  11. Leave it to our friends and ancestors across the pond to put exquisitely into words what most good folks here have been thinking! His fans were those kids in the back of home room, dipping girls curls and braids into the inkwells, and throwing spitballs! Just sorry they didn’t learn enough to make a decent living and are blaming everyone else and voting for another dipper and blower! N. North, USA

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    1. That is the worst part. Though truth be told, one third of the country does seem to endorse his tactics and narrow views. It’s just scary for the rest of us who are operating in the real world.

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  12. It’s impossible to express my feelings about him at the moment. There are so many possibilities and so little time. At least I should mention a lack of empathy and intelligence.

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    1. I cued in on the lack of humor. I’d missed that. I think the lack of it says the most about him. Without it, there’s just very little to relate to properly in the world. Without it, perspective is easily lost and everything becomes an uncontrollable wildfire consuming the earth.

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  13. Brits are just mad, they couldn’t beat a bunch of farmer in 1770’s. They have always had their nose stuck so far in the air I’m surprised they all haven’t drowned by now. Muslim lovers are getting what they deserve. Socialist shirha law. Beat your wife why dont you. No Christian’s left in good old England.

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    1. Hmmm. The U.S. being 80% Christian, I figured most wife beaters were, too. Silly me.

      Regarding Muslim lovers, pluralism will win out over limiting ideologies, century after century. What isn’t acceptable– and I’m sure you’ll agree– is religion mixing with government. Until those two are separated in any culture, religion will always dictate a society’s narrow-mindedness, stagnation or ruin, as has been the case throughout our shared history from Rome to Britain to ancient Egypt and Galilee.

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  14. Ultimately… Good or bad, all things will pass. However, Pelosi’s legacy, Hillary’s legacy, the Dems/Socialist, RINOs and the drive-by media’s legacies, will soon be cursed and damned. President Trump’s legacy will be praised and emulated. God Bless America!

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  15. My sister Mary an I have talked about how this is a test of People of Religious faith and Donald Dump; will they continue supporting Dump? Though he is as far from any thing that we Hold Sacred as one can be!!!!!!!!!! Will You Vote Your Conscious!!!!!!!???

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    1. I’m really hoping my continued faith in humanity is redeemed next November. We can’t be that crazy twice in a row, can we? Can we?!

      I fear we’re entering the upcoming election the way we entered the last one– no way could he win, it’s ludicrous, unimaginable. I fear we’re heading into the exact same mindset, having learned nothing from the last time we thought these things.

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  16. True words have never been spoken, and as an American (please don’t hate me) we have to live with this unstable and illegitimate moron in the WH because his GOP Congress members and party are afraid to lose votes, instead of putting country over in this case a “lunatic!”

    There’s a glimpse of hope now that the impeachment inquiry is in full swing, and better hope for America and the planet in 2020! I ask others to stick to the subject at hand, it’s serious and it’s “tyrant Donald the television personality Trump,” which affects the world not just America! Heaven help us all!

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    1. My hopes lie in the same direction. A lot will be riding on next year’s election, whether he’s on the ticket or not.

      Interestingly, should he actually get impeached, who then would Republicans submit as a candidate? Pence? Ryan? Romney? Rubio or Cruz? That’s gonna be a royal mess with little time to resolve it. Should be a wonderful circus to follow, playing itself out on the public stage. Wonder if anyone’s making contingency plans accordingly just yet.

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  17. for an Englishman to criticize bullying is comparable to a Frenchman complaining about someone who eats snails. Most importantly Nate White seems to have forgotten that this big blond red faced bully is a typical product of the biggest colony on earth – the USA. It was founded by the English to become the most successful colony in the world knowing how to exploit, bully, dominate, warmonger, shout down, treat women like sh…, be racist, duplicitous, opportunist……..I give up.

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    1. You’re right, of course. But America was also founded on pluralism, freedom and a home for the downtrodden. And, who better to point out a bully than someone who’s been? That false premise is like the one about America lecturing others on humanitarianism, given its history with Native Americans; it seeks to minimize or ignore past lessons learned.

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  18. Rubbish. The Brits have changed. Very few are as described here. Particularly those who make US their home. They generally lack class and compassion and worse are some of the most arrogant pricks I have ever come across. I am writing about them on http://www.kicked2curb.com Here we have men of power, privilege and even Queens awards. We have a Consulate General who knew right from wrong yet just didn’t care enough. We have changed for the worse.

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  19. Of course the man is a pig. BUT he was elected by America because there was nothing better. He had to attract many normal working folk who are naturally Dems. Personally I think he is a breath of fresh air. We have learnt so much about true human nature. He has said he always gets even with all those who are not loyal or cross him. He has shown that conventions mean nothing. We Brits are not the angels you make out. We have changed. The ones I have met over here lack class and compassion. And much worse they are arrogant pricks. I have come in contact with all types. From Consul Generals who know right from wrong but could care less about others, through privileged CEOs, some with Queens awards, who lack basic charity, generosity or compassion. We are bullies to hide our incompetence. Ask most Americans who work with Brits and they will tell you we are arrogant and generally not that good at our jobs. And because they do not belong to this ‘club’ have limited opportunities for promotions. The world has changed and the Brits over here are some of the worst. I am writing about this phenom in kicked2curb.com

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  20. An earlier comment said “when Trump talks you know what he says and what he means.” This must be from a parallel universe. I’ve listened to a number of his speeches and read some of his “letters” to other world leaders. Total gibberish that makes no sense at all, sprinkled liberally with throw-away lies that are easily checked, and in many cases, simply deny what he is on record saying or doing earlier. Whoever said he is a pathological narcissist is spot on. For a narcissist, the truth is a meaningless concept, what they say has the sole purpose of making them feel admired. So when confronted with a criticism, they simply deny the facts for the sole purpose of eliciting admiration. And bizarrely, a large proportion of Americans seem happy to admire him.

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    1. It is a very odd phenomena, isn’t it? Worse, this admiration is occluding accountability, devaluing ethics and eroding trust in the law.. Incredibly disheartening.

      One of Ben Franklin’s quotes has constantly been cropping up lately: ‘Those who seek security at the expense of their freedom deserve neither security nor freedom.’ Shivers run up and down my spine each time I delve into the meaning.

      If we enter the upcoming elections with the same mindset with which we entered the last (as it seems we are doing), this bizarreness may continue for four more long years. I don’t think I can take another half decade of truth being made irrelevant, ethics being cast aside, corruption rivaling a virtue and mistakes being covfefed each and every week. Keeping up, so perspective isn’t entirely lost, is just too exhausting and time-consuming.

      The winter of 2020 may be the perfect time to go on a nice, extended cruise… and just never get off the damn ship for four or five years. We could ignore it all, write a book or two, have a good time and catch up on things American upon our joyous return.

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  21. I live across the pond from you guys … and it’s amazing how clearly the author has captured the essence of the current occupant of the Oval Office. Thank you.

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  22. What Stevenson has missed about the current American electorate is that it has been given over to the most petty of human traits — SPITE. Trump’s supporters will never admit his flaws or errors simply to keep sticking it to Democrats and liberals. The current mindset is pure ‘scorched earth’ politics–better to burn America to the ground than allow the other side even one tiny political ‘victory.’

    To better explain, my fellow Americans have been treating politics the way they do sports. In sports, it’s okay (even good) to take a side and defend that team regardless of its faults. There’s no harm in loving a lousy, losing sports team and bashing good ones. It’s all part of the experience. At the end of the day, all the pros get paid and the fans were entertained–no harm, no foul. But now too many Americans treat politics the same way. They put their “R” or “D” emblem on their head and remain loyal regardless of what their side does. Except with politics, there is harm in all those fouls. This has gone so far that now we are actually hearing high officials claim that a president is above the law and cannot legally be investigated (let alone prosecuted) for crimes! This is bad, very very bad.

    Our democracy is broken right now because everybody’s trolling and nobody’s listening to the other side. And everything’s hyperbole now. No reasoned discourse, no logical debates, just endless “pro wrestling” style trash talking.

    And I don’t see it changing any time soon.

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  23. Thank you for writing this. I would love to read Part II on the fake president when it’s ready. There are many GOP members of Congress that you could write about in the same vein, too.

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  24. Rich man, bad man, bankrupt chief,
    Conman, liar, cheat and thief.
    Racist, two-face, Mexican-hater,
    Scumbag, bully, master baiter.
    Businessman? Builder? Hypocrite:
    Flimflam, gilder, counterfeit.
    Fraudster, grifter, trickster, scammer,
    Yammer, spammer, philandering shammer.
    Big mouth, small hands, tiny feats,
    Demon, devil, trick or tweet!
    Narcissist, farcissist, carney barker,
    PT Barnum? Darker, darker!
    Joke? Ridiculous? Dangerous guy.
    Manchurian candidate, Russian spy?
    Klansman, Dukes’ man, xenophobe,
    Demagogue and misanthrope.
    Women-hater, self-inflator,
    Truth and fact annihilator.
    Stinker, failer, poacher, flailer,
    Anti-Christ and goodness’ nailer.
    “Trumpery” means rubbish, trash,
    Nonsense, twaddle, fakery, flash.
    “Trumped-up” worse, false witness borne,
    Wretched, foul, deserving scorn.
    “Trump” is also trumpet sound,
    As in apocalypse, impeach him now!

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  25. This is a pretty fair summary of his character. I’ve lived in both the UK and the USA and Trump simply has none of the characteristics of what the British expect from a person in power.

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  26. Quick comment from California: America has done plenty of bullying in our own history, still does, truth-be-told. But this essay is not about giant national entities, it is about an overall national soul which is a frequency running in the people, and has nothing to do with national conflicts. If one gets rid of politics, the people of the UK and America are both “nice” and this essay resonates deeply with both.

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  27. This article paints a perfect picture of Trump. All I can do is apologize to the world for the damage he has done to every country and cast my vote to remove the con artist, hopefully in time to repair our world. I know his mother came from Scotland and she would likely be turning over in her grave to know the mess he has made. Perhaps he wouldn’t even let her migrate here. All though he did manage to chain migrate Malania’s family here. He ran for president as a joke, surprised that people believed and he won, laughing all the way to the White House. He’s not my President Chump.

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  28. The fact that about a third of Americans look at him and say he seems like their kind of guy confuses and dismays this American as well. During the primaries, I thought somebody was pulling some kind of joke. He was (is) a horrid caricature of himself. He said and did everything people just kind of shouldn’t do not out of political correctness but out of basic decency. And then he won…

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    1. As an American, I second the above. Let’s face it, even the popular vote was 50-50%( irrespective of Hillary claiming her 3 Million vote lead was significant.) Still, half the country actually took this “TV Personality” seriously is really embarrassing. Worse yet, nearly the same percentage think he’s okay, even with what he has done, said, tweeted since. Here’s to better days.

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