Although not one to gloat at the misfortunes of others, Donald Trump couldn’t resist giving Brexit supporters the thumbs up as Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, stepped down in the wake of the European Referendum.
Trump, who was in the UK for the historical vote, appeared to take great delight in thrusting his unmistakable frame into the center of the internal struggle which has bitterly divided the small island and has since ended with Britain opting out of the EU by a small margin.
Touching down in Scotland in his personal helicopter shortly after 9am to reopen the Trump Turnberry golf resort, the Republican presidential candidate appeared to be oblivious to the shock resignation of a tearful David Cameron, the falling fortunes of the British pound overnight, and what so-called experts have hailed as the “UK’s biggest political crisis for decades.”
Perhaps admiring the bigger picture, a white baseball cap wearing Trump marched up the greens to the sound of bagpipes being played by two pipers in full Highland regalia before turning to the mob of assembled news hounds and purring in his slightly camp manner that it was a “great thing” to see the UK back in the driving seat.
“The UK has taken back control. It is a great thing.”
With unnerving echoes of former Sex Pistol frontman and current Public Image Limited vocalist John Lydon, who once barked, “Anger is an energy,” the 70-year-old Trump declared that Britain’s desire to leave the EU was fueled by anger, an anger which has engulfed the world.
“People are angry, all over the world, they’re angry. They’re angry over borders, they’re angry over people coming into the country and taking over. Nobody even knows who they are. They’re angry about many, many things.”
Like a grizzled soothsayer, Trump then appeared to stare blankly into space before making the vague prediction that, “There’s plenty of other places. This will not be the last.”
Reading the future appears to be one of Trump’s many talents. Although you wouldn’t want to accuse the jolly billionaire of having some sort of mastery of the dark arts, he does appear to have a strange knack of second guessing his opponents and defying the odds.
When he touched down in his ancestral heartland, Trump posted on Twitter, “Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!”
Ironically, only a few months ago, more than half a million Brits signed a petition to ban Trump from ever entering Britain in response to his call to temporally ban Muslims from entering the United States.
Banning the banner didn’t work for the petition-loving hordes, and Trump’s right to exercise free speech with all the stamina and perseverance of a gym bunny on steroids continues unmolested.
Although Saul Anuzis, former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party said about Trump’s visit to Scotland, “I don’t think opening a golf resort gets you many foreign policy chops.” Anuzis was quick to pay homage to Trump’s unnerving ability to position himself in the right place at the right time.
“But since he’s there right in the middle of the EU vote, it may end up being a PR bonanza for him.”
It’s been a different sort of PR bonanza for Trump’s old enemy David Cameron. The two have often exchanged insults in the past, but it would appear old Donald will have the last laugh.
Choking back tears, Cameron quit as Prime Minister this morning, telling the world he was the wrong man to steer a ship called “Britain” out of the treacherous European waters.
“I held nothing back. I was absolutely clear about my belief that Britain is stronger, safer and better off inside the EU. And I made clear the referendum was about this and this alone – not the future of any single politician including myself.
“But the British people have made a very clear decision to take a different path and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction.”
The Winston Churchill-fixated former London mayor, Boris Johnson, is most likely to take over the helm now that Cameron has fallen on his sword.
The Brexit-supporting Johnson, whose bumbling clown persona disguises a razor-sharp mind, was booed and called a “t**t” by anti-democracy protesters as he left his home this morning.
If Johnson is handed the keys to 10 Downing Street, the popular blonde bombshell of British politics will probably forge a close relationship with Trump, if Trump becomes president of the U.S.
Who knows, the two leaders of two great countries may end up becoming the best of golf buddies. Now wouldn’t that be a hole-in-one?
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