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The best written description of the 45th U.S. President yet.

brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,694
This is it, spot on:


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

Nate White
“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.


“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man [or woman] who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
Variously credited to Mark Twain or Edward Abbey.













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    OnWis97OnWis97 St. Paul, MN Posts: 4,822
    For this most part this is right on. And it's really interesting that an election that used to be derided as a "popularity contest" won by sax-playing Bill Clinton, George W "guy you'd like to have a beer with" Bush, and the gravitational personality of Obama was then won by the most miserable human being who has ever run. Has he ever been seen laughing? Maybe.* He just seems so miserable. And not just now that he's going through some stuff but also back when he first entered in 2015. And, while I didn't pay much attention to him before that, I don't recall him ever having much in the way of a personality that would win people over.

    As much as I don't like many famous politicians, I guess I understand the "aw shucks; let's have a beer (even though I don't drink) and shoot the breeze" of someone like GW Bush. I see no personal appeal whatsoever in Trump.

    *I recall a tweet once in which he mentioned golf as the only exercise he gets. It seemed like self-deprecating (low-level) humor. I recall think it seemed really out of character for a guy who I think of as never laughing in general, much less at himself.
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    Perfect. And as an Englishman I agree
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    brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,694
    Perfect. And as an Englishman I agree

    I really appreciated that spot on description!  Glad (and not surprised :smile: ) that you agree.
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    Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom's Posts: 17,954
    My wife travelled to Scotland a few years back...one guy asked her about how tRump could get elected in the US and he said "it's because of the rednecks isn't it?"
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    OnWis97 said:


    *I recall a tweet once in which he mentioned golf as the only exercise he gets. It seemed like self-deprecating (low-level) humor. I recall think it seemed really out of character for a guy who I think of as never laughing in general, much less at himself.
    That actually was not an attempt at being funny for Trump. He was being serious. He does not believe in exercise. He is a fucking idiot. 

    https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/5/9/15590962/donald-trump-thinks-exercise-will-kill-you

    Donald Trump thinks exercise will kill you

    Which doctors believed… in the Victorian era. 

    By Julia Belluz@juliaoftoronto  May 9, 2017, 11:00am EDT


    ‘‘All my friends who work out all the time, they’re going for knee replacements, hip replacements — they’re a disaster,” Trump has said.
     Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images

    How healthy is President Donald Trump? We don’t really know. The president never released his full medical records, and instead opted for a surreal on-air physical with TV star Dr. Oz.

    One health aspect Trump is transparent about: He doesn’t like to break a sweat. To be more precise, he thinks physical activity will kill you faster.

    In a remarkable New Yorker story this week about how Donald Trump could realistically be removed from the presidency, Evan Osnos writes: “Other than golf, he considers exercise misguided, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy.”

    The Trump “human body as non-rechargeable battery” theory was first detailed by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher in their 2016 book, Trump Revealed:

    After college, after Trump mostly gave up his personal athletic interests, he came to view time spent playing sports as time wasted. Trump believed the human body was like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted. So he didn’t work out. When he learned that John O’Donnell, one of his top casino executives, was training for an Ironman triathlon, he admonished him, "You are going to die young because of this."

    On the campaign trail, we learned that Trump didn’t dedicate any extra time to breaking a sweat because he believes exercise is actually harmful, according to this 2015 New York Times profile:

    Trump said he was not following any special diet or exercise regimen for the campaign. ‘‘All my friends who work out all the time, they’re going for knee replacements, hip replacements — they’re a disaster,’’ he said. He exerts himself fully by standing in front of an audience for an hour, as he just did. ‘‘That’s exercise.’”

    Let’s pause to consider how remarkably backward this is.

    There was a time when doctors would have concurred with Trump on this. That was the Victorian era. Back then, people worried a physical activity could cause everything from exhaustion and heart palpitations, particularly in women.

    century later, doctors’ thinking has moved on. Research now shows exercise is actually the closest thing we have to a miracle cure.

    Regular physical activity can “prevent dementia, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression, heart disease and other common serious conditions — reducing the risk of each by at least 30%,” according to this 2015 report on the benefits of exercise from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. “This is better than many drugs,” the authors wrote.

    It also helps people live longer. “Many studies give an approximate 30% risk reduction in all-cause mortality. Smoking is the biggest contributor to early mortality and years living with chronic illness and disability. Physical inactivity, through multiple mechanisms produces an effect one-third the effect of smoking.” Overall, the researchers found, regular exercise reduces cardiac death by 31 percent.

    So for Trump, exercise is deadly. But according to science, it’s a miracle drug.

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    brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,694
    My wife travelled to Scotland a few years back...one guy asked her about how tRump could get elected in the US and he said "it's because of the rednecks isn't it?"

    ...and MAGA true believers, and poor educated people, and/or people who never learned a thing about critical thinking and (let's not forget) just plain angry people.
    “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man [or woman] who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
    Variously credited to Mark Twain or Edward Abbey.













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