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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 Comments
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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.

UKGB writes:

Going with it, but withtwo provisos: 1) Some British people like Trump, mainly white racists who see him as one of their own. 2) We now have Johnson and Friends, what was once a Conservative party but is now something much uglier. And no effective opposition. So we're in no position to laugh at the USA.

renorocky writes:

Very accurate and articulate, my English friend. While I pray for the day when this man will be struck by a thunderbolt & wake up, I am an American so, so worried for the future of my country. Yes, even Tricky Dicky Nixon had the common sense to walk away once he was impeached. Lord help us all!

Kkandthegirls writes:

I'm so embarrassed by our president and hardly a day goes by that I don't read or hear something about this narcissistic ignoramus to reinforce this feeling. Although, my embarrassment is a selfish indulgence, since the damage he has done and is still to do to every aspect of American society, as well as abroad, is far more destructive and important than my permanent cringe. I'm sure we're the laughing stock of the rest of the world, deservedly, but his impact has far worse consequences.

doubleu writes:

It's not only the British that feel this way, I'm sure millions of Americans feel the same way. The writer captured my attention because he put into words everything I've been feeling about Mr. Trump and I thank you. Great discripton.

Pwincess writes:

You are so incredibly right it took the words right out of my mouth. I am an American, and I am humiliated. I cannot believe what our country has came to with this dirtbag. We have lost our way. Trust me we are fighting. We have always felt that we are a nation of compassion and trust and both of those are lost. There are many of us who have not given up. It's horrifying to see how the racism has come to the Forefront of every conversation. We are worried for our nation as well as others. Pray

PlainDarkSedan writes:

The idiotic trumptrolls and roaches that inevitably scurry from beneath their slimy rocks in defense of the orange buffoon, the indefensible, prove the writers point. They are even bigger jackasses than trump. Replete with the same mental disorders. The writer is not throwing stones from a glass house. One of you idiots asked him a stupid and inane question, and he answered it as politely as possible. And you fool have no ideas who he voted for. Drooling morons.

Fred writes:

And this is from the people who voted for UK economic disaster Brexit and trump jr, Boris Johnson! Nice! People who live in glass houses......

WhiteWashTomb writes:

You ponder how 1/3 of America can like trump? Perhaps because under all the wittiness, humor, and class displayed in the other politicians, 1/3 of Americans see them as being no different than Trump, just polished, or another way to put it, masters of deception. They have mastered the art of saying what people want to hear. Deep inside, they are all what Trump looks like outside. It's not that people want Trump, it's that they don't want that deception.

Mom52334 writes:

The only mistake in your article is saying that 1/3 of Americans like Trump. It is much less than that. Your words hit the nail right on the head. He's a buffoon, a liar, a criminal, a traitor and an embarrassment to our country. An archaic law is the only reason he sits in the White House. Please don't judge the majority of Americans by his words and actions. We despise the sniveling bully!

OldFahrer writes:

Unfortunately, we have to ride the animal in the direction it is going and this mule is going in a better direction than the donkeys and ponies. I don't like his looks or his behavior but he is doing more for the USA than our other choices so far. Let's hope for better choices.

EddieNo writes:

Unlike Lancer, I do not apologize to the rest of the world. While I am embarrassed that Trump is the President, I did not vote for him, and I have not supported him from the moment I learned he would hold the office of President. This article is exactly how many feel and think. Western culture has descended into a dark time - Trump, Johnson’s, is too easy to be hateful when we need to do the harder thing, and embrace love.

TrulyAmerican writes:

I read lots of bias in this hit piece. One thing is true though, Trump is not a polished, able to be bought, politician. THAT'S what got him elected and what will get him re-elected. He made promises to America and kept them. Politicians, on the other hand, are smooth in their speech, likable, even trustworthy so it seems, but in reality they are that way whether they are telling you truth or lying straight to your face and that's why you shouldn't want a politician as POTUS! #KAG2020

Wildcard writes:

I sure hope you don't answer the phones at the suicide prevention center Nate. You don't seem to be a particularly positive fellow. If you're ever in need of a new blog handle you can use NatertheHater.

EmPaintsThat writes:

Nate's observations are perfect and spot on. This will be remembered as a dark period in American history. Trump is a classless, soulless blowhard of epic proportions. I look forward to seeing him pay for his crimes.

SandraD writes:

These are the same Brits who are trying to turn all of England into a third world country! But aren’t they ‘proper’. London, though still beautiful, has become less so and dangerous. How about MANCHESTER?? These same Brits won’t go into the city because it’s so violent! But aren’t they ‘classy’. The majority of them are unhappy with what the ‘proper liberals’ have done. USA DOES NOT CARE WHAT YOU THINK! Love your Allah Akbar..

Russell writes:

Who cares less about this written tirade of insults about a man who has repaired a broken economy, reduced unemployment of all citizens to record low levels, destroyed ISIS, made America power independent, brought back industries that were derelict, demonstrated what a disgraceful and corrupt swamp the Democrats have created over their 12 years of rulership and continues to make America the strongest Democratic country in the world that millions would love to live in?

JDZ writes:

Yes, attack the writer or the process like the subject himself does when the content or evidence is perfectly sound.

luvmydog01 writes:

Although there were a couple moronic fans responding, pls don't think we are so ignorant. This article was precisely descriptive of the fkg idiot our failed system allowed to become our Commander & Chief, to the intense pain, regrets & embarrassment of our present majority. Hopefully, this lesson in shame will be enough prompt to correct our voting process and adjust a few other issues. Ty 4 ur article. I'm a baby boomer who loves my Brits!☮

Dee writes:

What a crock. Pleeeze, President TRUMP IS MY PRESIDENT!! He’s done more for this Country than any other lying, thieving Obama/Clinton has done. Who r u to criticize hm. Clean up Your politicians b/4 berating ours. Go Trump 2020🇺🇸🇺🇸

Leftofleft writes:

You’re much too kind to SPANKY.

Katcan333 writes:

I don't think nearly a third of Americans love Trump. I think he stole the election. It's been done before.

dusttracks writes:

Every word of this is accurate. Also, I just KNOW he smells faintly of urine...


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