Dimwit nihilist Donald "Rump" Trump on June 1, pulling out of the Paris climate accord:
At what point do they start laughing at us as a country? We want fair treatment for its citizens, and we want fair treatment for our taxpayers. We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore.Correction: Not "us." They're laughing at YOU, and have been for a long, long time. Rump's latest destructive spasm only re-confirmed for them that we have a real sick moron on our hands here.
German tabloid (headline reads, "Earth to Trump, Fuck You!"):
Der Spiegel notes that some of the laughter is not the kind any patriotic American would want:
...[I]t is likely that none of the G-7 heads of state and government expected the primitive brutality Trump would stoop to when announcing his withdrawal from the international community. Surrounded by sycophants in the Rose Garden at the White House, he didn't just proclaim his withdrawal from the climate agreement, he sowed the seeds of international conflict. His speech was a break from centuries of Enlightenment and rationality. The president presented his political statement as a nationalist manifesto of the most imbecilic variety. It couldn't have been any worse. [snip]
It's not surprising that Moscow is gleefully scoffing at the losers in Europe. Mariya Sakharova, the Foreign Ministry's brash spokeswoman, gloated openly Tuesday on Vladimir Solovyov's popular Russian talk show. [snip]:
The open government gloating is indicative of the mood currently prevailing in the Russian capital. For Vladimir Putin, a dream appears to have come true in recent days; Trump could prove to be a godsend. For some time, Moscow has been trying to drive a wedge between the trans-Atlantic alliance. But now it looks as though the American president is doing that job for him. (our emphasis)French newspapers Le Monde ("Environment: a systematic attack by the Trump administration on the heritage of Barack Obama") and Le Figaro ("Donald Trump gave a middle finger to the rest of the world and future generations") were similarly mocking the nitwit.
The laughter has been going on long before he became our Clown- In- Chief. In China and in fact, all over the world. Likewise, the Trump Trope that the rest of the world is laughing at us dates back years, and in fact, reveals one of his obsessions:
It is Trump's gift to future biographers that he makes so little attempt to hide his psychological issues, but the desire to avoid being laughed at truly stands out. Perhaps there was some childhood trauma that led to this obsession, a schoolyard incident in which a bully pulled down Donny's short pants to the guffaws of the other tots (particularly the girls!). It would be only fitting if Trump, the world's foremost avatar of anxious masculinity, lived in terror of women's laughter, but he seems concerned with everyone's laughter, whether it comes from people or governments. As much as he cares about winning and getting the better of someone, defeat is marked by the ultimate humiliation of being laughed at. (our emphasis)It doesn't take a genius to suss out whose interests are being served by this clueless retrenchment. A supine, party- before- country Republican- controlled Congress won't stop the destabilizing destructiveness. Once again, it is going to be up to us, grassroots organizations, enlightened businesses and governmental coalitions like the emerging U.S. Climate Alliance to take up the tiny- fingered gauntlet thrown down by our Clown- In- Chief.