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    Enjoy!

    Someone 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 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 ****. 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."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balance View Post
    Enjoy!

    Someone 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 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 ****. 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."
    Yeah fine, but what about Hillary's emails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harley View Post
    Yeah fine, but what about Hillary's emails?
    Who cares? She is not President, or do you think she should be - the way you obsessed about her.

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    Apart from that, Nate White, quite good!

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    Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department Monica Crowley told Breitbart News that President Donald Trump’s “economic freedom agenda” has sparked the highly successful economic growth that has now led to the lowest unemployment rate in half a century.

    This past week, the administration announced that unemployment has fallen to 3.5 percent—the lowest since 1969—after a November jobs surge of 266,000 jobs created last month, numbers that blew away expectations.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2...-success-boom/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshuatree View Post
    Who else.Your 2nd line doesn't make sense. And if you value deceit, lying, extreme narcissm, no moral compass, etc ie set the bar below ground level Trumps your man. are your values the same? The mirror test awaits you, blackcap.
    blackcap, do you really support no morals?

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    What about the DNC server that was smuggled out of the States by Joe Biden's son and sequestered in an abandoned warehouse in upstate Kiev?
    Right now, at this very moment, the Warrior Rudolph is in the Ukraine searching for the aforementioned server, we'll see what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harley View Post
    What about the DNC server that was smuggled out of the States by Joe Biden's son and sequestered in an abandoned warehouse in upstate Kiev?
    Right now, at this very moment, the Warrior Rudolph is in the Ukraine searching for the aforementioned server, we'll see what happens.
    Lol - another of Breitbarts lies - or did you make that up yourself?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/29/b...na-hunter.html

    Obviously - the Biden's do have here a disadvantage compared to the liar in chief. It takes more time to debunk a lie than to create a new one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackPeter View Post
    Lol - another of Breitbarts lies - or did you make that up yourself?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/29/b...na-hunter.html

    Obviously - the Biden's do have here a disadvantage compared to the liar in chief. It takes more time to debunk a lie than to create a new one.
    Of course I made that up, Trump's defence is all made up. "Whataboutism" is his mainstay defence. Folk will always tend to believe a simple lie over a complicated truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harley View Post
    Of course I made that up, Trump's defence is all made up. "Whataboutism" is his mainstay defence. Folk will always tend to believe a simple lie over a complicated truth.
    Sounds very much like 'Paddles' reborn?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harley View Post
    Of course I made that up, Trump's defence is all made up. "Whataboutism" is his mainstay defence. Folk will always tend to believe a simple lie over a complicated truth.
    So presumably a simple truth is preferred over a complicated lie. Which suggests that Bill Clinton was right all along. Just fancy that!

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    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americ...presidents-dig

    Yet a new low - a 73 year old picking on a 16 year old for beating him for recognition as Time Person Of The Year.

    A 73 year old who was fined $3m for deceptively using a charitable trust for personal and political purposes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balance View Post
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americ...presidents-dig

    Yet a new low - a 73 year old picking on a 16 year old for beating him for recognition as Time Person Of The Year.

    A 73 year old who was fined $3m for deceptively using a charitable trust for personal and political purposes.
    I agree with his sentiment though.

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    On the back of the major win for the conservatives in the UK and the emphatic answer on Brexit it seems that the republicans are now the favoured party to provide the president in the 2020 elections. For most of the last 3 years they were the underdogs but just now the pendulum has swung back in their favour. The impeachment thing going no where is probably helping as well as reports that some senate Democrats will vote against impeachment if the house decides to impeach.

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    Meanwhile, somewhere in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...249_story.html

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