Trump has approached the visit to the UK in the manner of a frat boy who, invited to a party, gets drunk and pees in the coat closet. So far it’s been a complete farce with Melania looking more like a character out of a a road show of Beauty and The Beast than a dignified representative of America. This is Prince Charles’ take:
England are out of the World Cup, the sun has disappeared, and Donald Trump arrives today. Worst. Thursday. Ever. #TrumpUKVisit
— Prince Charles (@Charles_HRH) July 12, 2018
Now despite the fact that literally the rest of the world is aghast at how Trump has used a benevolent diplomatic visit to politically stab the British Prime Minster in the back, Trump himself is oblivious to what he has wrought and he thinks that everything is just fine. He thinks he’s the most popular Republican president in the entire history of the party, in point of fact. The Hill:
The president also said of his four-day visit to the U.K. that “many people are delighted.”
“I get thousands of notifications from people in the U.K. that they love the President of the United States. They want the same thing I want,” he said.
Trump even mentioned a poll claiming that he was the “most popular person in the history of the Republican Party. Beating Lincoln.”
“I beat our Honest Abe,” Trump added. “But the people of the UK, and I’ll bet if you had an honest poll, I’d be very strong. They want the same thing I want. I love the U.K.”
It is unclear what poll Trump meant.
His love is unrequited, at least in Parliament. They want to cut this charade short. The Guardian:
Stella Creasy, the Labour and Co-operative MP for Walthamstow, condemned what she saw as “Trump’s demonisation of immigration and UK” and wrote: “Time to stop holding his hand and instead start holding the door open for him.”
“Trump is a racist and disrespects our nation. Why does he get to meet our Queen? And those Tories saying we should respect him simply because he is elected president – by that logic shouldn’t he respect our prime minister and London’s mayor?” tweeted [Anna Turley] the MP for Redcar.
Rupa Huq, the Labour MP for Central Ealing and Acton, said: “A dash of Islamophobia lobbed at Sadiq Khan who he blames for terrorism. Awful stuff.”
In 2017 the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, vetoed the idea of Trump speaking inside the chamber, saying Trump was unfit to address MPs, because of parliament’s opposition to to racism and to sexism.
Because the man has no honor in himself he cannot recognize that quality in others. It is regrettable that Theresa May extended the hand of friendship and diplomacy and that it has backfired on her. His interview in the Sun is unprecedented in its insult to a foreign leader by a US president. He depicts May as a “bossy schoolteacher” who can’t negotiate, and of course he told her how to handle Brexit but the little lady wouldn’t listen to him.
Britain survived the Blitz, they will get through this, too. During that time, Edward R. Murrow sonorously intoned, “This is London.” This is London today and these people aren’t in the streets to tell Trump how much they love him. Reputation is acquired by drops but lost in a torrent and this administration has dried it up altogether.
— Shuba Krishnan (@ShubaSKrishnan) July 13, 2018