Definition of Trump from a Brit

 written by Nate White:

“Stolen from a friend of a friend. The best description of Trump I have ever read, from a Brit.

Someone on Quora asked, “Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?” Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote this magnificent 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 humor 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 sniveling 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 most 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 clumps 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.”

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54 Comments

  1. For two years, I kept hoping that I would wake up and discover that the whole Trump nightmare was exactly that: a bad dream, caused by some reaction to an undigested bit of overcooked food. Unfortunately, the nightmare kept going and there was no waking up from it. And… the toxicity of the Trump is firmly entrenched in his fan club. Yelling about ILLEGALS and other such nonsense, they have discovered a hero and role model in the Madness of King Donald I. They especially love social media, where they can bully with gusto because no one knows who they are. They make the nightmare even more nightmarish than ever.

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  2. The best description of Trump I’ve ever read. From a Kentuckian I add, he couldn’t find his ass with both hands and a road map!

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  3. My eternal question for Trump and all his “groupies”: MAGA? Please name a few years at least when america was Great. I get a distinct sense that MAHA is more fitting nowadays.

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    1. Hello- It should read (than) instead of then, in the area where it says, “then a symbol of moral decline.” When comparing different things or states, it should read, “than.”

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  4. Since Trump has been in office the energy that has been put in to “defining ” who the Donald is has become a literal industry and an avocation. I see Trump less as a perfidious individual then a symbol of the moral decline of the plutocracy of American capitalists and the their cronys they brought into power to carry out the class battle against the workers ,poor, immigrants , women and other disposessed peoples… I quite agree with the author …he is all that and possibly more…but politically that is quite beside the point. Self interest being what it is, awarding style points is hardly the point!

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    1. I know, it’s hard for ignorant, gullible Trump supporters to understand that the USA has lost our standing in the world and the threat that is to our economy, which is stalling, and our national security.

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    2. And you must be one of the ignorant obstinates who continue to applaud him, while he is belittling your entire nation, but most of all people like you! Is that the way to make America great again???

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      1. It seems the brits think they still have credibility, they are nothing but a lot of has beens. If it were not for the Stones and Steven Hawkins they would be just another Paraguay 🇵🇾.
        On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 5:05 PM Take A Deeper Breath wrote:
        > Anke Bosse commented: “And you must be one of the ignorant obstinates who > continue to applaud him, while he is belittling your entire nation, but > most of all people like you! Is that the way to make America great again???” >

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    3. If you are going to be a Trump supporter you need to learn to be as crass as he. Never “mime” a word or phrase no matter how disgusting or off color. It reveals a weakness of character which, of course, we already had discovered. It tends to place you in a dim light but then I already suspected all of Mr.Trump’s supporters of being dim and dull. Just shout it out and, then, go fuck yourself!

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  5. I think the majority of us in the US would also agree with this response. However, coming from a Brit I have to wonder what how he would respond to the question “why is Britain about to royally screw itself with Brexit”

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  6. Thank you for spot on comments I only wish I could’ve come up with. It has been a constant source of frustration for me to not be able to adequately verbalize my utter disgust with Trump. You’ve done it. A horrible person and even worse president. Lower case p.

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    1. All criticism of Trump is about his personality. That is trivial claptrap, no recognition of his policies that reduce unemployment, cut taxes and improve the quality of life for all Americans. You liberals are truly goofy.

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      1. Cut taxes! For the wealthy and corporations only. Unemployment has not gone down. The numbers may be down because so many people are underemployed and can’t keep up with the cost of living. As a result quality of life has not improved.
        The comments are about his leadership. He could care less about the American people. He only cares about himself and his brand. If you don’t believe he’s connected with Russia to expand his business you are the fool. He’s a con man And he’s got you conned.

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      2. To ANY trumpster: please state a thoughtful calm intelligent response in the defense of Trump. any statement made in this article.

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      3. He might have cut your taxes but we ended up paying them for you. In case you missed it little Donny is a sniveling coward in a clown suit. I’m sure you had your head up his ass while they predicted in 2014 that by 2018 unemployment would basically be zero. He has done nothing but enrich his handlers-congrats.

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    2. He has no accomplishments. Nunemployment is President Obama’s work. Industrial plants are closing, our national debt went up 25% under trump. Racial hate us in full bloom and he encouraged it. He has alienated all our allies. He had had two agreements with North Korea which haven’t been honored. They laugh in his face. He cost the Republican Party the House and the Senate will follow. He knows nothing about economics, foreign policy, or the domestic programs that we have invested in. He is a draft dodger, a pedophile and a sexual predator

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    1. Mr White is obviously a writer who fancies himself as the arbiter of all things English an d i have not read such biased tripe for a long time. TheUS should be glad hat some one has emerged to shake up the establishment. The political corruption is more staggering than in England but is kettle calling pan black?

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      1. Now that is hilarious ahahahaha. He described the idiot to a T and you can’t take it. Put down the Kool aid it is dumbing you down.

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      2. But Cyril, he hasn’t shaken up the establishment. The admin is filled with cronies. The money is still flowing into politics. And the establishment in Congress is untouched.

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    2. Don’t care what you pompous asses think. Stay where you are and assimilate with your newly arriving gypsy pickpockets.

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  7. Insulting superficial trash. Some “British People” judge politiicans by their actions rather than their personailites. Things like torture , extrajudical assaination and starting wars, bombing water treatment plants, seperating children from their parents, withdrawing from climate change agreements, killing millions slowly with “sanctions”, jailing or killing journalists, supporting foreign despots.

    Such things *matter*. Tweets, taunts, style or absence of jokes, hair dos and resemblence to fat slugs do not. They are what Dubord called “Spectacle” While Trump has done some appalling things, he has not yet reached the levels of a Bush or an Obama in terms of nations trashed, blood shed and lives runied.

    Nate White would never write on such real matters . He is a typical sycophantic power brown-noser ( “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.” is embarassing) only going for Trump because Trump is currently targetted by the mainstream .

    White’s lazy screed is also factually incorrect. Trump has made some genuinely funny remarks and is in some respects on some subjects more truthful than any President since Carter. As to “Plucky”, going up against the US Deep State does take a measure of courage totally, though of course such considerations lie way outide White’s facile imbecility.

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    1. “Trump has made some genuinely funny remarks…”
      Perhaps you are confused. Cruel attempts to denigrate someone for actions they have not taken or speech that has not passed their lips are not funny. They are cruel and beneath what the President of the United States of America should be.

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  8. Outstanding writing. My favourite lines: ‘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.’

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  9. This is perfect – every word. Most Americans did not vote for him and are appalled every day. But I heartily apologize that he is in this position and the world is seeing this nightmare. We will fix this! Don’t give up on us.

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    1. We deport white people also but the press doesn’t put that on the front page as it doesn’t serve their open borders for industrial cheap labor agenda. Aka neoliberalism. Aka globalism.
      As for Trump in particular, I suspect he got his politician training by observing the blowhards in UK’s Parliament.

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    2. Yes yes and yes. Nate nailed it except that he failed to acknowledge Americans (majority) who are embarrassed. As an 8th generation American with roots in Scotland, Germany, and many more European countries, I hate this period in our history. I pray that after 2020 much of the damage can be undone and that the world will forgive us.

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    3. I think you’re a bit confused. Brexit has nothing to do with” brown people”. This is quite an offensive term. Please do more research on Brexit.

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  10. “My God… what… have… I… created?”

    Donald Trump’s mother once reportedly asked his first wife “what sort of son have I created”

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  11. This is a really well written article. Brilliant, but I’d ask the author to ask an additional question. Let’s assume that Americans can actually see all of these facts, yet they still voted for the man. Why don’t we assume Americans are NOT stupid. Why don’t we change the thinking process and step back and look at the whole landscape that they can see. What if we looked through a lens that revealed that for 30, 40, maybe more years a partnership of those interested in corporate strength and power allied to a political elite largely influenced by special corporate and social interests have ruled not for the majority but the minority. What if you looked at both parties and concluded whichever way I vote it’s rigged. Yes Obama was a really cool guy, but who did he represent? Is a vote for Trump the only nihilist response available to the moderate, conservative, and libertarian? Right now in the UK you have your equivalency. ‘Brexit’ is a metaphor in a terribly British way for Donald Trump. Yet the elected officials have revealed themselves. They don’t rule for the people. They rule in the interests of others.

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    1. Except For the fact that the only person that Trump is supporting is himself, you might have a good argument.

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    2. Just be careful not to generalize, please. There is no “all Americans do this” (except breathe, maybe) or all British are (fill in the blank). And on and on. So, some Americans are stupid, willfully or not. Put just two people together and there will be differences. The point, as I see it anyway, is to look for the similarities and use those to work together. As for who an elected official represents? By the fact that they’ve been “elected” (which Trump was only because of the Electoral College), they are responsible for representing those who they’ve been put into place to govern. And, particularly in the U.S., the fact that this debacle is occurring is just tragically sad.

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  12. ALL, ALL THAT WRITTEN HERE, about trumpest are facts, real facts. This moron, atheist, h
    Hitler, Stalin, bragger, grabber should be removed from the public tax payers property, as soon as possible. the earlier will be the better for Americans and the world.

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  13. Excellent article! I also apologize to the world for the USA’s ridiculously horrible “leader”. I hope he will soon be a thing of the past & that the USA can rebuild the allegiances that Trump has destroyed.

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  14. Superb! So many excellent, pithy, phrases to describe this affront to humanity. Just to pick one: “But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.” Outstanding piece of writing. Bravo!

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  15. One of my favorite signs at the first Women’s March after he was elected was, “Sorry World. We’ll fix this.” And, we are!

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  16. Many of my cousins are Brits and I know they would agree 100%. I’ve already apologized to them and let them know I am working to get new and better politicians in Washington.

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