Welcome to our world, Denmark, or more precisely Trumpworld. Since the spray tanned denizen of McDonald’s and Twitter began his magical populist ride down the escalator, American political life has been a cross between Twilight Zone and The Simpsons, with a soupcon of South Park. Denmark is reacting in shock and disbelief to the Child in Chief canceling the state visit scheduled for September 2-3, because he’s miffed that the Danes dare to thwart him on a “large real estate deal.” We understand how they feel, but for us, it’s just one more entry in the “you can’t make this shit up” file, which has now assumed proportions the size of a small moon. Reuters:
“(Trump’s cancellation) is very, very shocking, when it is about a very close ally and a good friend,” said Soren Espersen of the hard right Danish People’s Party.
He said Trump had effectively snubbed Queen Margrethe, Denmark’s head of state. Trump and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump were formally invited to Denmark by Queen Margrethe in July.
“It shows why we now more than ever should consider (fellow) European Union countries as our closest allies. The man is unpredictable,” said Morten Ostergaard, leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party. “Reality surpasses imagination.”
Trump, whose “America First” policies have resulted in strained relations with the EU over trade and other issues, said on Sunday a U.S. purchase of Greenland would be “a large real estate deal.” […]
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a former NATO secretary general and Danish premier, said Trump’s cancellation could work out for the best. “The Arctic’s security and environmental challenges are too important to be considered alongside hopeless discussions like the sale of Greenland,” he said on Twitter.
We were already the laughing stock of the world, and this little side skit isn’t helping that situation one iota. The America that countless service men and women died in all our wars to protect is a far cry from this farce.