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Fri Jul 12, 2019, 12:34 PM

Twitter thread of the year! "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?"

"Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?"



https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1148681544338432000.html

"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,

(4) 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.

(5) 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.


(6) 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.

(7) 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.

(8) 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.


(9) That is, except when's 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

(10) 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

(11)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

(12) 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

(13) 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

(14) 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

(15) 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."

(16) In other words, from me, as an American, even in Alabama, @realDonaldTrump is an embarrassment to humanity.

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Reply Twitter thread of the year! "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?" (Original post)
Roland99 Friday OP
Floyd R. Turbo Friday #1
Bleacher Creature Friday #2
Takket Friday #3
Pacifist Patriot Friday #4
HipChick Friday #5
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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 12:45 PM

1. Brilliant!

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 12:47 PM

2. I am not worthy!!

That was a true masterpiece and way more articulate, comprehensive, and spot of than anything I've ever said. I usually just freeze up in light of the overwhelming amount of awfulness Trump exudes and his endless string of flaws.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 12:55 PM

3. I feel like this should be broadcast to the entire country

Absolutely spot on. Great read

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:00 PM

4. As someone whose toe has frequently been in British waters...

this is bang on.

The lack of any sort of sense of humor is truly jarring to the British.

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Response to Pacifist Patriot (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:03 PM

5. Just got back from UK

I can't even repeat what was said to me about him..
Quite a few told me, they don't typically follow politics, but they wanted to his demise...but not that polite...and if he gets elected again... ##!!%%^!!

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Response to HipChick (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:29 PM

9. Not surprised one bit.

I don't think many Americans fully grasp how loathed he is over in Europe. I was in Scandinavia/Baltics in June. No one I spoke to was shy about their distaste and distrust of Trump. Unfortunately, it spills over into how these folks are beginning to think of Americans in general. A fair number incredulously asked me if the majority of Americans really admired someone so obviously flawed and stupid. They are struggling to wrap their brains around how so many people could have voted for him or still support him when his overwhelmingly hideous personality and behavior are as plain as the nose as anyone's face. I sympathized and assured them the majority of Americans are asking the same question! A couple of older Estonians who still remember the Soviet era drew parallels I don't even want to think about.

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Response to Pacifist Patriot (Reply #9)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 11:38 PM

24. Watching the film Brexit made sense of how it happened here

The Leave Campaign was a lot like the Trump campaign relied on racism & lies. Cambridge Analytica was involved in that mess and also in our mess as well.

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Response to Pacifist Patriot (Reply #9)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 12:41 AM

25. Our family was fortunate enough to vacation in Canada

Over the winter. A lovely woman from Britain was at the bus stop with us and we struck up a conversation. She made no delay in bringing up the sad state of affairs in the US. We assured her we are resisting and that most people we know did NOT vote for this horror of a human being

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:07 PM

6. This is perfect!

Well done!

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:14 PM

7. I never get tired of reading that

Can't remember when I first saw it, but wasn't too long ago.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:27 PM

8. A b s o l u t e l y

He hit the nail on the head in every way possible. I'm going to keep this bookmarked.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:30 PM

10. Truer words never spoken!

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:34 PM

11. And yet, they are about to put Boris in charge...

They are incapable of learning from our fuck up

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Response to lame54 (Reply #11)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 02:16 AM

26. 'They' ('us' - my being a Brit) are not putting Boris in charge?

The Conservative Party Membership of approx 170,000 (comprised overwhelmingly of affluent, septuagenarian, white, right-wingers) are electing a replacement party leader. Unfortunately, in the highly likely event that 'BoJo the Clown' is elected their new leader, this will de-facto install him as the new PM. A constitutional auto-fuck that the electorate has no say-so in.

However, in support of your assertion, BoJo actually might win an election, by virtue of a sufficient number Brits who would vote for him, ably assisted by our ridiculous 'First Past The Post' voting system, which consistently installs parties of government with less than 45% of the vote.

So we are not actually putting BoJo in charge, but were we given the opportunity, we likely would - I'm sorry to say?

Personally, I reckon a majority of Brits have learned? Sadly, that's still not enough to stop the gobshite minority from strapping on their Union-Jack suicide vests, and taking us all out with them!

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Response to Myrddin (Reply #26)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 03:07 AM

27. Good to hear

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:34 PM

12. I think this has been posted three times and I like it more with each reading! Thanks for

Letting us again enjoy it...maybe you could post it weekly until we've memorized it like a catechism!❤

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:38 PM

13. Let such utterly witty wisdom ring far and wide throughout the land.


WINNER - in all categories!

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:47 PM

14. As a former brit

My feelings exactly.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 02:12 PM

15. 👍wish I'd said that...

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 02:17 PM

16. Well. . .that's British understatement for ya!

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 02:43 PM

17. "Jabba the Hut of Privellege" yup, that's a start.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 02:59 PM

18. the moron makes benny hill quaint.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 03:08 PM

19. This should be published everywhere,

Along with that other Twitter thread listing all the things he's done that are reasons he shouldn't be president.

If Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws - he would make a Trump.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 03:22 PM

20. K&R

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 05:10 PM

21. Hilarious!

"The Shakespeare of Shit" describes him perfectly! And this: "If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set."

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 08:07 PM

22. A Masterpiece!

Book marking.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 11:30 PM

23. Because he's an asshole

That's the bottom line

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 08:20 AM

28. Deport him back to Scotland until we figure this out

his illegal immigrant mother's homeland

That twitter thread was so British

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 10:06 AM

29. Brilliant assessment.

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