While Donald Trump is in England as our country’s Republican standard bearer acting like a horse’s ass, you know the Brits are simply being civil the way you’re supposed to with people you can’t stand—“un-officially.”
That’s the value of that stiff upper lip stuff. It’s the only logical parry to “Trump and Circumstance” as it powers through Europe to D-Day.
Trump as usual brings his own war to the party. He rubs it in on Brexit, which he sees as having Trump DNA to the point where it’s practically his illegitimate child. He meets with the outgoing Theresa May but refuses to give face time to Jeremy Corbin. He lies nastily about Meghan Markle despite all the video and audio to the contrary. He chooses to insult the South Asian mayor of London, who rightly casts Trump as antithetical to the values of western democracy.
There’s always higher ground, right? But not for Trump, the international twitterer.
What the hell. Being a boor isn’t an impeachable offense, but the dude is acting on your behalf, and I’m sure you—yes, you dear reader—would be a much more mindful, qualified, and respectful representative than the former reality star.
You should run for president. Like Andrew Yang?
But why be upset about what Trump is doing to the future of European relations as he gracelessly bounds his way through the ceremonies?
We know what ceremonial Trump is like domestically in our own county.
In the U.S., those out of democracy’s mainstream, the de facto disaffiliated and the unempowered, are honored each year with their own ceremonial month.
Black History Month? February. Women’s History Month? March. We’ve just had our Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month this past May.
It’s all a bit of window dressing in honor of diversity that allows detractors to at least acknowledge our existence for a month. They pose for pictures and eat our food. Do they take us seriously to address real substantive issues?
And the hit parade continues.
For June we’ve segued into LGBTQ Month, and before he left, Trump was already at his ceremoniously despicable.
“As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries world-wide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation,” Trump wrote with a straight face. “My administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!”
Is this the gaslight of gaslights, where Trump turns into his own utility company? This is the president who refused to recognize Pride Month in 2017 and 2018.
Maybe he needs to do all this for 2020 because he fears Buttigieg and the Log Cabinites? Or maybe it’s necessary after Trump has worked so hard in his administration to erode non-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community in health care, housing, and employment.
Not to mention his efforts to erase transgender people out of existence.
So thank goodness it’s Pride Month, when Trump gets to put on the stiff upper lip and act like he likes every person at the parade.
But just remember, it’s all ceremonial. And only for a month. Still, it’s longer than the poor queen has to deal with him.