Nate White’s stunning answer to the question: Why do many British people not like Donald Trump?


It was a question asked on Quora last February 12: Why do many British people not like Donald Trump?

Nate White is a London-based copy writer — that is, advertising guy. His Quora profile says, “Drinks coffee. Writes copy.” Nate took a swing at answering the question, and knocked that ball into orbit.

The 90 year-old Queen is forced to go around our idiot President,
who doesn’t even know how to walk properly.” (The Wow Report)

Sadly, for some reason the thread has been deleted from Quora (threats from Trump’s side?) Several people were inspired to preserve it on blogs and in other forms. Ronald Lebow (@RonaldLebow) posted the piece in a series of Tweets, a thread, recently, and I finally found the entire piece from which I had seen only parts quoted before.

Here is Nate White’s answer to the question, “Why do some British people not like Donald Trump.” It’s written so well, so strongly, that I wonder whether an intelligent rebuttal could ever be done.

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 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 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.

Nate White, answering a question on Quora
Brits fly a Trump Baby balloon over London which makes the POTUS “feel unwelcome.”
(Photo, YouTube; T/Y Michaelam via The Wow Report)

Quora offers no explanation for why the question was taken down from its forums. I’ve found nothing to suggest Mr. White had pangs of remorse. If you have more details, please let us know, in comments.

6 Responses to Nate White’s stunning answer to the question: Why do many British people not like Donald Trump?

  1. Bunny B says:

    Brilliant – concise – crafted – nuanced.
    I have bookmarked it and will read it aloud to the opposition at any opportunity.
    He’s not our kind…..human.

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  2. Ed Darrell says:

    You’d think Trump supporters would be turned off by Trump’s immorality and amorality, which contribute to his manifold failures to get anything much of substance done. “Make America Great” is a good advertising slogan, along the lines of “Winston tastes good,” but equally vacuous in Trump’s practice.

    Quite to the contrary of your assertion, the Democratic Party debates show there are no fewer than 20 outstanding candidates who could do what Trump can’t do and refuses to do, without all the corruption and grifting and betrayal of America’s secrets to our enemies.

    Washington warned us of the dangers of electing sub-standard people to office. As Franklin warned, some require the lessons in real time — more expensive, tougher and more damaging, but more real.

    Few Americans can say their lives have improved under Trump. At a minimum, he is a national embarrassment and international laughing stock. At worst, he’s destructive to America’s ability to work for a better world, especially in his willful destruction of international friendships and alliances. Trump’s damage to science and the work to stop global heating may yet destroy the entire human race.

    You agree Trump is basically an anal orifice unfit for office, but you support him . . . why? It’s scary that Trump reveals so many of our citizens lack the basic character to make good, moral decisions on a ballot.

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  3. David xavier says:

    Doesnt actually say much for Hillary, I guess – being beaten by such a “twat” ….but that’s old news. And looking at the Dem’s debates … the “twat” may well win again.

    I agree with some of what the Brit says, he is a flawed person ..but to a Trump voter his flaws are already factored in. .. When he says he wants to Make America Great Again , you sense that he means it and will try and do it . This irks the globalist lefty types into (ironically) humorless trides against him like that above.

    They are ultimately boring and never attempt to understand his appeal.

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  4. Love this! Thank you for posting!

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  5. I had read his piece somewhere before and loved it. And enjoyed reading it again! That pretty well sums it up for me.

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  6. Ellie says:

    Thanks for that. I agree with the Brit.

    Liked by 1 person

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