Monday, June 3, 2019

A Stone Cold Loser

As you know, President Trump is currently visiting Once-Great Britain, on a state visit. That means, for those who do not know it, that he is visiting as a head of state, not as a private citizen. He is there to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day, but also to cement with our closest European ally. Without American help, it is far from evident that the allies would have prevailed. It took more than the Resistance to liberate France.

Piers Morgan sets it up:

This week, we commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, the largest seaborne invasion in history.

It was the crucial turning point in the war with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, one that began the liberation of German-occupied France and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.

It was also the moment that most perfectly exemplified and cemented the special relationship between Britain and America, the two nations that provided the vast majority of those who fought the ferocious battle on the beaches.

There were at least 10,000 Allied casualties, with 4,414 confirmed dead.

They, along with everyone who took part in D-Day, will be remembered in a special ceremony in Portsmouth on the south coast of England on Wednesday, attended by the Queen, President Trump and 300 veterans.

That is why Trump has come to Britain for a three-day state visit.

To greet Trump, the pathetic and weak mayor of London, one Sadiq Khan has chosen to attack the president of the United States, and by implication, the United States itself. Morgan reports:

Sadiq Khan, who’s been Mayor for three years, launched a series of savage attacks on President Trump in the past 48 hours, both in print and on television, branding him a ‘fascist’, a ‘growing global threat’, and demanding Britain should not be ‘rolling out the red carpet’ for him because it was ‘un-British’, adding that he was ‘the antithesis of our values in London and as a country’ and his ‘divisive behavior flies in the face of the ideals America was founded upon – equality, liberty and religious freedom.’

Which values would those be? Would they be the values that allow Khan to defy ceremony and public decorum, to desecrate the memory of those Americans who died defeating the Nazi menace? Which side is Khan on, after all? Because his actions suggest that he does not side with those who won World War II.

You might consider that slightly harsh, but a local government official who disparages a world leader during a state visit, who spits on the ceremony that honors those who died in that war, is saying precisely that.

One has occasionally had occasion to remark on Donald Trump’s decorum deficit. And yet, on this occasion, as Morgan points out, he was within his rights to respond:

Little wonder than that when President Trump arrived in the U.K. this morning and read all this, he responded in kind.

‘Sadiq Khan,’ he tweeted, ‘who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London has been foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me. Khan reminds me very much of our dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job, only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!’

Yes, indeed a stone cold loser. At a time when Once-Great Britain needs all the friends it can get, pissing on the American president seems to be wildly self-destructive.

As for the notion that Khan is not happy about the outcome of World War II, Morgan points out that, in a previous career, Khan passionately defended notorious Jew-hater Louis Farrakhan-- who called Hitler a very great man. One notes that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, a man who was happy to meet with representatives of Hamas and Hezbollah, cannot bring himself to meet with President Trump.

Morgan continues:

Sadiq Khan, as a human rights lawyer in a previous career, once passionately defended notorious Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has denounced white people as ‘devils’, described Jews as ‘bloodsuckers’ and called Hitler a ‘very great man’.

Khan led a legal bid for Farrakhan’s ban on coming to Britain (for his hateful behavior) to be lifted, and denied his client was either anti-Semitic or a preacher of ‘racial hatred or antagonism’.

So his concept of who is and isn’t acceptable to let into Britain seems a rather fluid one, depending on who’s signing the checks.

As for Trump’s comparison of Khan with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Morgan finds that the comparison has merit:

Khan has also, as Trump rightly said, been an abject failure as London Mayor (even worse than Bill de Blasio in New York!) presiding over a terrible surge in knife crime that has led to dozens of young people being murdered on the streets of the city.

So who the hell is this jumped-up pipsqueak to start barking out insults at the American President when he can’t even protect our kids from being stabbed to death?

As a Londoner, I’m utterly ashamed by the selfish, puerile, virtue-signalling antics of my Mayor.

Khan is not merely a “jumped-up pipsqueak,” though he is surely that. He is also a disgrace to his nation, someone whose antics have made Once-Great Britain look like an unstable and unreliable ally.

For his part, Morgan is embarrassed and has offered his own apology:

President Trump is here to represent those who enabled us to win the battle on the beaches of Northern France.

In that capacity, he deserves our dignified respect, not our snobbish sneering and petty partisan sniping.

As for those champing at the bit to protest against Trump this week, with their abusive placards, mocking chants, and pathetic baby blimp, I simply say this: the only reason you can do so in this country is because of what happened 75 years ago on D-Day. The heroic British and American forces (with the help of other Allied forces too) that fought that day did so to protect your freedoms.

Bottom line is this: do we want the lasting images from this historic occasion to be of a pathetic orange baby balloon flying over our Parliament, or of a U.S. President standing shoulder to shoulder with the Queen to pay tribute to the D-Day heroes?

If your answer is the balloon, then you’re a stone cold loser too.

1 comment:

Sam L. said...

There are reasons why Great Britain is called "the formerly Great" Britain.