The sun may be setting on Britain’s conservative majority in Parliament, at least for the nonce, but the moon will be rising over London when Donald Trump visits the UK later this year. According to Metro, Londoners upset by the U.S. president’s recent criticism of their mayor are being urged to drop their pantaloons in a royal salute. Tweets organized under the hashtag
#ShowYourRumpToTrump advise that the — er … backward — show of solidarity is scheduled for Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. Cute, no? Yeah, I don’t think so, either.
What set the Brits off was a tweet Trump issued in reaction to a video that Mayor Sadiq Khan released immediately after the terrorist attacks on London Bridge in which he spoke of an “increased police presence” and insisting that there’s “no reason to be alarmed.” Here’s the tweet:
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
The “elite” media on both sides of the pond saw this as another excuse for them to go into attack mode, with some intimating that Trump took Khan’s words out of context, while others were merely indignant that the president wasn’t showing proper respect for a foreign leader.
Which presumably is what the organizers of the mass mooning imagine themselves to be doing?
The bare-bottomed show of disrespect is nothing new: Trump haters have been mooning Trump Towers since the election. Nor is the rhyming of Trump and rump original. It was used in an oh-so-clever fashion in February by Rep. Bobby Rush
What was it libs said repeatedly during the Obama presidency? Wasn’t it something like “If you can’t respect the man, at least respect the office”?