A Scottish newspaper calls on its readers to 'remember what kind of man Trump really is.'
Trump's latest trip abroad has been unfolded exactly as one might have predicted based upon his prior travels: humiliating himself and the United States, angering our allies, pleasing our enemies, and garnering plenty of protest.
That protest includes a scathing editorial from The Scotsman, arguing in great detail that Trump "is a racist, a serial liar, and either a sex abuser or someone who falsely brags about being one in the apparent belief that this will impress other men in a metaphorical 'locker room.'"
The editorial recounts Trump's racist attacks on NFL athletes who silently protest police violence and his suggestion that they should not even "be in the country."
It notes Trump's defense of the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer as "very fine people."
And it reminds readers of his despicable "birther" campaign against President Obama to undermine the legitimacy of the first black president.
Even as Trump is smearing reports of his obnoxious behavior abroad as "fake news," the editorial points out that Trump is a perpetual liar, citing the Washington Post's count that Trump "lies an average of 6.5 times a day."
The editorial concludes by calling on readers to "remember what kind of man Trump really is." And in case that isn't clear enough, the big red text above the article itself declares: "The 45th US president is an appalling human being."
The Scottish newspaper is hardly the only voice of protest over Trump's visit. Before Trump's arrival, London Mayor Sadiq Khan approved a request from activists to float a giant "Trump Baby" balloon over the city to greet Trump.
More than 10,000 people signed a petition in support of the balloon, and the organizers raised over $20,000 to pay for it.
"Donald Trump is a big, angry baby with a fragile ego and tiny hands," they wrote on their crowdfunding website. "We want to make sure [Trump] knows that all of Britain is looking down on him and laughing at him."
The mere threat of the Trump Baby balloon — and the many Londoners planning to protest his presence — was enough to frighten Trump and keep him away from the city.
Nicholas Burns, who served as U.S. ambassador to NATO under George W. Bush, called Trump's performance in Europe thus far "infuriating to watch" and accused him of "diplomatic malpractice."
Trump has trashed our closest allies — even if he hasn't had the courage to say it to their faces — and made Russian state TV positively giddy over it. He's forced other world leaders to debunk his absurd lies about NATO spending. And he managed to smear the entire African continent as "vicious and violent," in an off-the-cuff response to a question from a Tunisian reporter.
Meanwhile, Trump has repeatedly made clear he is most excited about the last part of his trip, when he will meet with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. While Trump has had plenty of criticism for NATO allies, he continues to defend Russia and its interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Earlier in the week, Trump essentially admitted he is powerless over Putin.
Asked whether he will confront Putin over his deliberate efforts to rig the U.S. election, Trump answered, "What am I going to do? He may deny it, it’s one of those things. All I can do is say 'Did you?' and 'Don’t do it again,' but he may deny — you’ll be the first to know, OK?"
This pathetic response came after Trump accused Germany of being "totally controlled by Russia" and a "captive of Russia."
It's no wonder that Trump has been greeted with protest and condemnation. Remembering what kind of man he is — a racist and a serial liar, among other things, as well as an "appalling human being" — is probably good guidance for everyone, not just Scotland.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.