As stocks plunge in reaction and the pound crashes to its lowest level in 31 years in reaction to Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Donald Trump is making Mitt Romney look like a foreign policy expert.
Donald Trump arrived in Scotland early this morning, and congratulated them for their vote to take their country back. The problem is Scotland didn’t vote to Leave the UK. But Donald Trump doesn’t understand that.
Business Insider shared a clip of Trump incorrectly congratulating Scotland on Twitter, noting, “On the contrary, Scotland had the highest percentage of Remain votes of any country.”
I give you the presumptive Republican presidential nominee making an international fool of himself:
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) June 24, 2016
It wasn’t as if Trump just misspoke:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2016
With his usual simplistic and unrealistic view of the world, Trump thinks this is bigly great and promises to do the same here, according to his Facebook response:
Statement Regarding British Referendum on E.U. Membership
The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples. They have declared their independence from the European Union, and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy. A Trump Administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense. The whole world is more peaceful and stable when our two countries – and our two peoples – are united together, as they will be under a Trump Administration.
Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first. They will have the chance to reject today’s rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people. I hope America is watching, it will soon be time to believe in America again.
Amidst the financial chaos and our own Xenophobic King who is appealing to the same instincts that prompted Brexit, British millennials worry that Brexit stole their future.
When you ask a “Leaver” why they voted this way, you generally get one of two answers: 1) This will stop immigration and 2) Things will be so great like they were before we were in the EU.
These are of course the same appeals to resentment and faulty logic brought on by nostalgia that Donald Trump is using in his race for the Wh$te House/his own cable network.
Things are not going to be like they were before because external factors have changed. We can’t retreat from the global economy back into the “good old days” no matter how much some might wish that were possible. Donald Trump isn’t going to resurrect America circa 1950.
Donald Trump didn’t even bother to learn about the country he’s visiting before he gave international remarks. He is not a hard worker, he is a lazy, careless, entitled person who gets his news from dubious sources, which causes him to make a fool of himself and by proxy this country, often enough that it is the norm for Trump.
Donald Trump should be given some legos and told to build his “vision” in the playroom of his nearest preschool.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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