Lately, American journalists have — even the ones Trump calls “FAKE NEWS” for reporting on his corruption — failed the American people in holding the Trump administration accountable. Sure, sure, there’s a lot to handle since almost every word he speaks is a lie and everything he does is horrible. But don’t worry, folks. Australia has this handled.
Chris Uhlmann, political editor of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, tackled Trump’s embarrassing performance (or lack thereof) at the G-20 — and it was perhaps the journalistic equivalent of beating The Donald with a sock full of nickels for about two minutes straight.
“He has a particular skill set: he’s identified an illness in Western democracies, but he has no cure for it and seems intent on exploiting it,” Uhlmann said, noting that Trump was “isolated and friendless” at what was effectively the “G-19” summit. “And we’ve also learned that he has no desire and no capacity to lead the world.”
Uhlmann notes that while Trump makes some “interested scripted observations” at times, the Real Trump is just terrible:
It’s the unscripted Trump that’s real: a man who barks out bile in 140 characters, who wastes his precious days as President at war with the West’s institutions like the judiciary, independent government agencies, and the free press. He was an uneasy, lonely, awkward figure at this gathering and you’ve got the strong sense that some of the leaders are trying to find ways to work around him.
“Mr. Trump is a man who craves power because it burnishes his celebrity. To be constantly talking and talked about is all that really matters… and there is no value placed on the meaning of words, so what is said one day can be discarded the next.”
“Donald Trump has pressed fast forward on the decline of the United States as a global leader. Some will cheer the decline of America, but I think we’ll miss it when it’s gone — and that’s the biggest threat to the values of the West, which he claims to hold so dear,” he concludes.
Watch it below:
Holy smokes. Australian journalist provides one of the most brutal takedowns of Trump I’ve heard in a while. 👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/MPoDJXATlM
— Amarnath Amarasingam (@AmarAmarasingam) July 8, 2017
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