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.

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

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Wow.

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  2. Penderel says:

    I just now read Nate White’s assessment of Donald Trump and it is spot on brilliant.

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  3. livinginabox says:

    Hilarious, and most unfortunately, all too true. Nate White, I salute you.
    However, that being said, my criticism is that this analysis is far too generous to Trump. It does not go remotely far enough. It overlooks many of Trump’s glaring flaws, which will be clear to anyone who has seen or read any credible newspaper or online reportage.
    Trump’s inherent dishonesty, serial lying, corruption, his criminality, his association with organised criminals, his extreme greed, abuses of office, his narcissism, and his utter disdain and disregard for the Constitution, and his Oath of Office. Trump is a kakistocrat, and the primary effect of Trump’s presidency has been to transform the US into a kakistocracy.
    In essence Trump’s presidency is a serial clusterfuck. A non-stop sequence of incompetence, greed, self-serving, corruption, grifting, and worst of all a betrayal of the US population.

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  4. Ed Darrell says:

    Fantastic stuff on the Kennedy assassination. As in, fantastic, not real, fantasy.

    I don’t think it’s possible to document much of what you allege there.

    I don’t think Trump’s associations with JFK, Jr., play any role at all. Were there any meetings? Any dealings?

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  5. A totally accurate depiction of Trump. We can only hope he is impeached ASAP! He has been a total embarrassment since day one of his “presidency.”

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  6. esric50 says:

    I’m always maverick; I don’t join the herd in hating trump. I believe his attack on the CIA, FBI and NSA goes back to his association with JFK Jr and his knowledge that those organisations not only fucked a lot of countries for the worse,but that they orchestrated the assassination of JFK because of the executive order he signed the day before his death, bringing back advisors and scaling back on the Vietnam war. It is a matter of history that LBJ reversed that executive order shortly after being sworn on Airforce 1 on the way back from Dallas. This delighted the warmongers and Bell Corporation, Bechtel and Haliburton. He did this in front of Jacqueline Kennedy who refused his request to change out of her blood/brain spattered dress, and later was to go on record to say when asked who she thought killed her husband, answered, LBJ. The assassination was co-ordinated by James Jesus Angleton of the CIA with mafie assassins triagnulating Dealey Plaza; the fatal shot to the head was made by James Files, who is on record on Youtube, from his life sentence (for something else) in prison talking about how he made the head shot. He was so cavalier he bit the shell, threw it on the grass and it was actually discovered in 1979 in the soil on the grassy knoll. The Mafia wasnted to attack the Kennedy’s because their father joe had enlisted mob support in Chicago to get his son elected, but then when JFK appointed RFK as attorney general and he started a campagin against the Mafia they decided to kill them both.
    The British are very snide at putting people down, and we remember from our teens with the British intelligence filling the world with Irish jokes.
    Despite the background, and although Obama was likeable, his major campaign contributors were corporate. He never stood up to the Chinese the way trump has, he did not challenge globalism for its facilitating de-industrialising the west to allow goods to be made where labour is cheap, thereby making the rich richer, and leaving no jobs for the rest.. Obama would have put troops into Syria but for Putin making him an offer he couldn’t refuse; ie., you do that and we’ll put in Russian troops. Fortunately, because, unlike the village idiot, George W Bush (puppet to Cheney and Rumsfeld) who needlessly ruined Iraq, the USA was spared massive casualties in another pointless Middle Eastern War. He refused to attack Iran at the urging of John Bolton when there was trouble in the Straits of Hormuz. He has tried to negotiate with the North Koreans. He does not like wars or warmongers. He is a staunch ally to Israel. So, I don’t buy the destructive propaganda put out by the intelligence community about trump. However, I don’t think he is a pillar of societal decorum either. Nor, however, was that buffoon Churchill, who organised the senseless slaughter at Gallipolli. He did however become the right man later in life to lead the British against the psychopathic Nazis. Similarly, I believe Trump is the right man at the right time.

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  7. Lesa Crocker says:

    I am just now seeing Mr White’s comments on Trump and he has so articulately expressed how all of my friends and I and hopefully more and more Americans feel. Thank you Mr White! We are doing all we can to oust him. All of us who feel this way feel we have PTSD from all of his insanity.

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Love this! Thank you for posting!

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  12. 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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  13. Ellie says:

    Thanks for that. I agree with the Brit.

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