Looks like a really threatening pair, huh?

How Did I Miss That? Therapist Shot; Brain-Eating Amoebas

Steve Russell

According to The New York Times, Trump warns NATO members that—should they be attacked—he will examine their conduct and come to their defense only if they have been meeting what he sees as their obligations to the U.S.

Cousin Ray told me to chill out, because it was not that long ago Trump wanted to withdraw from NATO entirely.

Secretary of State John Kerry had his diplomatic neutrality severely tested when he appeared at a joint press conference with the new U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Johnson, former Mayor of London, is often called “the Donald Trump of the U.K.,” because of his strange hair and his populist politics combined with upper class birth. Like Trump, he has built his political career on racism and xenophobia and a loose relationship with the truth. That relationship was on full display as he led the campaign in favor of Brexit, won, and watched his assurances to the voters go up in smoke within a week.

Johnson’s promises of no serious impact on ordinary Brits from Brexit were about as likely as Trump’s promises to re-open coal mines without any buyers for coal, but the suddenness of the plunge in British currency and the economic fallout made Johnson toxic enough that he did not make an expected run for Prime Minister.

The new Prime Minister, Theresa May, appointed Johnson Foreign Secretary, she said, as a gesture to party unity. Cynics thought she gave him a portfolio unsuited to his abilities to wipe him off the political map.

So it was that Boris Johnson—the Donald Trump of the U.K.—had the obligatory press conference with the U.S. Secretary of State to reaffirm the “special relationship” between the countries.

Kerry struggled not to react as reporters savaged Johnson with his own words. President Obama’s “ancestral dislike of the British Empire.” Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s persona as “sadistic nurse in a mental hospital.”

Of a diplomatic mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Johnson predicted “the tribal warriors will all break out in watermelon smiles to see the big white chief touch down in his big white British taxpayer-funded bird.”

He did disagree with Trump’s warm feelings for Vladimir Putin, observing that “Despite looking a bit like Dobby the House Elf, he is a ruthless and manipulative tyrant.”

He claimed Queen Elizabeth loves the Commonwealth “because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies.”

Former President George W. Bush? “A cross-eyed Texan warmonger, unelected, inarticulate, who epitomizes the arrogance of American foreign policy.”

As reporters asked Johnson if he should apologize and Kerry struggled to maintain his composure, the Foreign Secretary admitted he had insulted too many people for such a lengthy apology tour and so he would smooth over relationships one at a time.

Seeing the Trumpness in Johnson, Cousin Ray was still optimistic.

“It may be Trump’s election to lose,” he said, “but Trump is doing his best to lose it.”


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