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


October 21, 2019

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


Reader Comments1 — 25 of 74

Griff writes:

Entirely accurate. Great description of who he is. Sadly I think you only described the tip of the iceberg. Sadly your description of trump describes the majority of the Republican Party. Such sad times.

JamesofSA writes:

Deliciously written and pinpointedly accurate. I especially liked Shakespeare of s***! The American tendency to swing from conservative to liberal every 4 years took a particularly nasty turn in 2016.

KAGA writes:

Who cares what you have to say, much alone Britain. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all!!!

Byelosergo2jail writes:

The most complete and accurate description of trump I have ever seen.Spot on!

imjim writes:

Best, most accurate description of Donald J Trump i have ever seen.

Ein5tein writes:

Not of the mind to commit voter fraud and winner-apparent anyway, could it have escaped democratic voters that traditional and continuing, rampant voter fraud stems from, let's be generous, 35 million Loosers?

Bletherskite writes:

Absolutely perfect description. I send this to everyone who wants to know why the world detests him so much.

CoinJock writes:

I read this once a week just to confirm that Trump is the crazy one and not me!

Amerigan writes:

This is a great description of Trump. Best of all, every word is true. I plan to save this and refer to it when needed, citing the source of course.

Queenherself writes:

Wonder what you would say about Winston Churchill!

Ladytutor writes:

This whole article is funny. Like we care what a few British people think. There is a reason why he was picked President. Majority of the states. It’s how we vote so liberal cities Thinking’s like this author don’t over rule us rural counties. He’s a business man not politician. Job market for all minorities was great b4 Covid. I am a minority. It will be again. Our retirement fund is already coming back. America will rise again. Trump 2020 sorry y’all don’t like it 😉

Karenc writes:

I’m an American and you hit the nail on the head! He is nasty to the core!

itssme1960 writes:

Bravo and well stated! You hot the nail right on the head! Not a fan of his... Though I am an American. I can only imagine what the rest of the world thinks of us Americans.. Thank you for believing we are NOT all like this!!

Joseph writes:

The reason some Americans like Dumpster is not that they don't SEE his flaws, it's that they SHARE a lot of his flaws and feel comforted by the fact that someone as bad or worse than them has gotten ahead in spite of all.

Flamingo67 writes:

This American thinks #45 is a disgrace to our country. Everything you wrote in your article, is SPOT ON!!! I do not wish him any ill will. He's just not fit to me a president. Thank you for your article!! 💜🙏🇺🇸

QueenVic writes:

Thank you, Nate White, for a little laughter relief. We have been living in a bad movie since the election. I was embarrassed when Billy Bob Thorton was cast as the American president in Love Actually! Who is going to be cast for Trump?!?

Smile4 writes:

He got it right on point.

Freedom writes:

Then there is Joe Biden.

Jeff142 writes:

Well put...I can agree you've made great points. Trump is what we get when we had an Obama. Got got Reagan because of Carter, Bush Sr. because WE wanted more of the same, Clinton because the Dems outsmarted the Republicans, Bush because we wanted back what was taken, Obama because he was more charismatic over substance...NOW, since WWII...we elected substance over charisma. And FINALLY...we are seeing what the SWAMP has done for us...Lies&POLITICAL CORRECTNESS has morphed this country to sleep,

SUSAN writes:

Other than that?

Viking writes:

Perfect description. Just perfect. What an embarrassment!!! Locking babies up at the border to insulting women to crassness. He is scum. I told my friend in the UK the other day that Rump and Boris Johnson are Siamese Twins joined at the buttholes. All he has done for America is lowered all us into a cesspool of hate and shame.

Jtevrizian writes:

I feel we are living in an alternative universe here in America and I am stunned that he has a following at all!...And, our republican senators are no better! Jan(Republican from California 😬)

Mowone writes:

Your article hits the mark! Thank you!! Most Americans feel as though we are living a nightmare and questioning when it will end, we are dumbfounded how this could ever happen in America. The last few months have been unusually frightening. The majority of Americans detest this Administration because of the corruption that affects us and the world. God help us all!

AAAAAAA writes:

This article is spot on. Trump is not only a disgrace to the US - but a disgrace to the world.

Colleen writes:

Trump. Is. A. Moron.


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