When British Prime Minister Theresa May held a joint press conference with American President Donald Trump on Friday, The Guardian reported the meeting as demonstrating the “lengths she’ll go to for Britain.”
There is no way to describe this incident in glowing terms. The Guardian quipped that “The bust of Churchill covered its eyes and begged to be sent back to Britain.”
Harry Potter creator and frequent and prolific Trump critic J.K. Rowling offered a more scathing description of the meeting:
May making her "strong statement about the role of women" there, by standing simpering next to a powerful racist.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 28, 2017
Theresa May has certainly lacked the intestinal fortitude to bring up the Muslim ban, let alone condemn it in even the weakest of possible terms. In fact, when Europe’s SkyNews asked her about it, they reported that she tried to dodge the question.
She eventually told British reporters that,
“The United States is responsible for the United States policy on refugees. The United Kingdom is responsible for the United Kingdom’s policy on refugees.”
Well, that’s helpful. A stern “nothing” from the Prime Minister then. Acquiescence to evil is still evil. Sadly, undeterred by Nikki Haley’s threat against America’s allies (or perhaps heeding it) Theresa May had declined to heed Rowling’s warning of the day before:
History's watching, Theresa.https://t.co/WpOzwdfI67
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 26, 2017
As columnist Sathnam Sanghera put it,
“Theresa May. [The] Politician who didn’t believe in Brexit but is implementing it. Who doesn’t really believe in Trump’s racism but is aiding it.”
For his part, Donald Trump was only a little less creepy than he was when he stood like a stalker over Hillary Clinton during the debates. They awkwardly held hands (she was probably terrified of being groped).
Unfortunately, where Trump foreign policy is concerned, this is probably its high point. He is unlikely to get such high or uncritical praise ever again.
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Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.