Trump Is A Fear-Mongering Moron Part 4,627, But Britain Isn't Having It Thanks


From #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling: No milk for tea

Improbably, America's ruling sociopath keeps slithering to new lows after London's terror attack. In unpresidented behavior reviled as "cheap nasty & unbecoming of a national leader,” Trump unleashed an online tantrum urging panic and hatred in which he a. picked a fight with and wildly misquoted London's eloquent, competent and yes Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan, b. leapt to his own fact-free conclusion based not on any valid intelligence but a Drudge Report headline, c. used scores of deaths and injuries to push a racist, inflammatory agenda with no bearing on the attack (at least two of three suspects were European citizens) while, in a rare if frenzied moment of honesty - "I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!" - undercutting its already dubious legal standing, d. trashed his own Justice Department (sic), e. threw in an incoherent NRA-themed rant about innocent guns, f. went golfing, g. in a doubling-down of singular pot/kettle irony that zoomed right past his orange-ferreted head, again insulted Khan as a "pathetic excuse." As to the victims: what victims?

The "sick, deluded" Trump was universally pilloried as an affront to common decency and "an utterly horrid man." A Khan spokesman wisely responded the mayor "has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet," and anti-Trump rants on Twitter were perhaps best summed up by author J. K. Rowling: “It’s called ‘leadership’, Donald... If we need an alarmist blowhard, we’ll call.” Trump's doltish response also prompted a brutal assessment from the AP, who led off a fact-check piece with, "President Donald Trump can’t be counted on to give accurate information to Americans when violent acts are unfolding abroad" - or, in fact, on anything else.

Britons, meanwhile, went on their resilient, often wiseacre way. They widely shared photos of a bar patron fleeing the attack holding fast to his pint and interviews with people vowing to carry on. They dismissed the portrayal of a "reeling" London by hyperbolic U.S. media that, noted an indignant John Oliver, "somehow thought Britain was weak enough it could be brought to its knees by three monumental assholes." In the same spirit, a hashtag documenting the real things - grammar mistakes, half-toasted toast, two queues to the same place - that send them reeling went more viral than the attack itself. Bearing powerful signs - from one Muslim woman: "I am London. I am British. I am human. You (ISIS) are nothing" - they flooded a Monday vigil where Mayor Khan declared, "London will never be broken by terrorism."

And, refusing to be cowed by fear, over 50,000 attended an emotional, exuberant, healing "#OneLoveManchester" concert by Ariana Grande and a crowd of pop stars. Despite a massive if genial police  presence, and a common criticism of pop music as a vapid, bubble-gum-flavored commodity, the event was widely deemed a "bloody lovely" chance for people, many of them young and shaken, to come together and declare, "We will not fall."



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