Why do some British people not like Donald Trump? – An essay by Nate White

Editor’s Note: The following is purportedly written by a British author named Nate White. His essay is published here with permission pending, as I attempt to find this fellow. I received this piece from my ex, who got it from her brother in Tucson, who got it from his other brother in Europe, and now I pass it along to all of you at the Mountain News.


Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?

By Nate White

“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.”

Demonstrators fly a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London

“The Orange Toddler,” as some of my British friends describe Donald Trump. Picture used with permission pending from Internet sources, such as The WOW Report.

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10 Responses to Why do some British people not like Donald Trump? – An essay by Nate White

  1. Hal Davis says:

    Apparently it originated here:

    https://www.quora.com/Why-do-many-British-people-not-like-Donald-Trump

    Why do many British people not like Donald Trump?
    45 Answers [since July 2018]

    Nate White, Drinks coffee. Writes copy.
    Updated Feb 13, 2019

  2. Trump is trump…
    There is nothing new to add to the picture…
    Can ‘we’ move on and create what ‘we’ want…please and thank you!
    Thanks Bruce!

  3. Bonnie Topwles says:

    Nate White is absolutely “spot on” … wish in all my anguished complaints about his erroneous ways I could have been so accurate, so comprehensive.

  4. AmericanCounterPoint says:

    Why is Trump even an issue for Brits? We Americans could car less who your PM is. That is a rational action for Americans to take. Why don’t you reciprocate by getting on with your lives as well? It might be better for your mental health, even.

    If any of you want to counter that POTUS is of interest to Brits because of America finally ditching the Cold War trade & security system, that was already going on before Trump and will continue to go on afterwards. Trump has just accelerated the process and could care less about being diplomatic about it, is all.

    The Cold War ended in ’92. Russia is no Soviet Union. So what is amazing is not that America is ditching the old Cold War world order, but that it took this long to finally get serious about doing so.

    And now with Brexit, UK truly is on its own.

    But..Orange Man Bad! <– that seems to be what is important to Brits.

    Wow!

    • brucesmith49 says:

      This post is a good example of a couple that I’ve received in response to this essay. I believe it is from a bot. The email sounds quite bogus, and the theme is to shift focus away from Trump’s behavior and cast dispersion on the British PM and the British people.

      • AmericanCounterPoint says:

        Uh, no. Not a Bot. Nor I did not ‘cast dispersion on the British PM and people’. I just openly questioned the irrationality of Brits suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). Americans not caring less who the Brit PM is is not ‘casting dispersion’ on the PM. It’s just a statement of fact as the British PM has no real bearing on Americans or their lives. Ditto with the German Chanceller or the Canadian PM or the PM of Japan. We only pay attention to the Russian and Chinese leadership because they have nukes pointed at us.

        Again: What RATIONAL reason do Brits have to obsess over Trump’s behavior? At all? Other than TDS ‘Orange Man Bad!’, that is? Oh wait! I asked for a RATIONAL reason….

        Still think I am a bot? And why does the email ‘sound bogus’ (especially since it isn’t even displayed)? Does a bot respond in this manner?

  5. Johnnie says:

    Witless, ignorant, petty, naive and narcissistic…
    Did I miss anything? Oh yea, abysmally stupid
    Whose stupidity is off the chart…
    This perfect storm of all things repugnant makes me profoundly embarrassed to be an American…

  6. brucesmith49 says:

    No, American C.P., I suppose you are a real person and not a bot. Pushy though, and mocking of my sentiments and values, like a bot – or a programmed anti-anti-Trump responder. I strongly suspect there are troll farms out in Trump Land who go looking for posts like this one and respond as you have to shut us up, or make us feel bad about ourselves or what we hold sacred. Hence, I wonder if you are camped out at at troll farm.

    Regardless, and speaking of deeply held values, ACP, what do you hold sacred?

  7. brucesmith49 says:

    Speaking of my values, I do care who the British PM is, as Theresa may has a tough job to do in guiding the UK through the Brexit morass. Brexit and the rise of white supremacy, plus nationalism across the planet are major concerns to me, and these dynamics will impact America and all our citizens. Thoughtful, caring people pay attention to these kinds of developments, imho.

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