Someone sent the below piece to me. I have no idea who this guy is, but have seldom read a better description of anything or anyone. If a nail was ever hit upon a head, this is the ultimate example.
Here is Nate White’s answer to the question, “Why do some British people not like Donald Trump.” It’s written so well, so strongly, that I wonder whether an intelligent rebuttal could ever be done.
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.
Major Spray-Tan Corporations Break Ties with Trump
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In yet another rebuke to the disgraced President, the nation’s major manufacturers of spray tan have cut ties with Donald J. Trump.
In a statement by the National Association of Spray Tan Manufacturers, the corporations that have reliably supplied Trump with his unique orange coating said that they would no longer do so.
With this move, the color of Trump’s head once he leaves office faces an uncertain future, experts say.
The statement by the spray-tan corporations was stark in its repudiation of their most loyal customer.
“Since the election, Donald J. Trump’s face has emitted a series of dangerous and malevolent lies,” the statement read. “We no longer want our product sprayed on the surface of that face.”
Many talk about and yearn for a return to “normal”.
The problem is that there is no normal: life changes constantly.
Anyone having read the “Analects of Confucius” will recall one of his key lessons of leadership: get the words right. Even way back then, he understood the importance of the message to move/manipulate the people.
In the age of the internet and 24-hour news, words are recorded and repeated. One can easily find and compare what people have said in the past and compare their words to what they say now.
The Conman-in-Chief knows what his words are doing and should do, which is why he repeats them and has his enablers repeat them.
Humpty Dumpty tried to build a wall,
(Which is only about 30% finished, despite waste of money)
Humpty Dumpty must take a big fall.
(For crimes against people he swore to protect)
All the Emperor’s horses and all the Emperor’s enablers,
Continue to keep Humpty Dumpty together and running wild.
Deranged Trump Orders Eric and Don, Jr., to Hand Out Flyers with His Tweets on Them
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Driven over the edge by his expulsion from Twitter, a deranged Donald J. Trump ordered his two adult sons to hand out flyers with his tweets on them.
The incident occurred at three o’clock Sunday morning, when Trump, wide awake and in a state of extreme agitation, had an idea for a tweet but no platform on which to broadcast it.
Wearing his bathrobe, he summoned his adult sons to the Oval Office and scrawled his tweet on a piece of paper with one of the Sharpies that had served him well in the past.
Reportedly, Trump then commanded Eric and Don, Jr., to go to the nearest copy shop and order ten thousand flyers containing his tweet to hand out on street corners.
According to Trump’s plan, supporters desiring to retweet his tweet would also go to copy shops and hand out flyers, a system he claimed was “better than Twitter.”
Witnesses to the early-morning meeting said that the two Trump sons left the Oval Office looking sullen and beleaguered.
“Only nine more days of this shit,” Eric Trump reportedly muttered
The rise of an autocratic leader from within a democracy and his attempt to overthrow his own government has had one unexpected consequence: many Germans now understand how such a thing can happen.
This difference between now and the 1930s is that information distribution was different. The only news was found in newspapers and on radio. Inflammatory rhetoric was not easily debunked. Now, multiple media outlets can spread truth and lies, with many calling truth fake. People are just as stupid and gullible now, as people were in the 1930s. In fact, the human race has been plagued with stupid people since time immemorial and will be plagued with stupid and gullible people until humanity destroys the planet.
Journalist must be hyperventilating. Outrageous events and crowds of opinionated people keep then busy. No one needs to think up ways to attract viewers, as events overtake each talking head sequence. There is no need to fake news, even if many idiots are calling an actual insurrection “fake”.The subject is so meaty, that editors are surely overwhelmed with decisions on what to show.
Ted Cruz Touts Courageous Record of Opposing Trump for Past Two Minutes
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Stating that he has “made no secret of my differences with this President,” Senator Ted Cruz touted his courageous record of opposing Donald J. Trump for the past two minutes.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I object to Donald Trump’s incendiary and unacceptable rhetoric, and that is as true now as was when I first said it, a hundred and twenty seconds ago,” he said.
The senator from Texas added that “history will judge those harshly” who have not had the courage, as he has, to oppose Trump for two minutes running
The Guardian's best columnist pointed out something that the folk of the Conman's cult will never understand:
“No one should trust a single word he says, naturally, but there was a distinct ring of truth in the quote of one current presidential adviser, who told a New York magazine reporter that Trump was irritated by the scenes at the Capitol simply because they looked “low-class”. As the adviser explained: “He doesn’t like low-class things.” Well, quite. All populists loathe their people, and Trump’s lifetime distaste for exactly those who voted for him and supported him to this most bitter of ends – if it even is the end – is one of his era’s most sledgehammer ironies…”
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.