Europeans are obsessed with Donald Trump
The loud-mouthed billionaire businessman embodies what Europeans love to hate about the U.S.
8/28/15 By NICHOLAS VINOCUR – politico
PARIS — The media here has got a Continental strain of Trump fever.
Since the real estate mogul made a shocking surge to the top of the Republican presidential polls in the U.S., Europe has fixated on the unapologetic showman, churning out a steady stream of news coverage and commentary.
The Continent has its share of outrageous personalities on the political right of center: Britain’s Nigel Farage, Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi, France’s family Le Pen. But Trump fits many perceived European stereotypes of America: excess, vulgarity, ignorance, superficiality, love of wealth, to name a few.
“Trump represents the America that we love to hate,” said Marie-Cécile Naves, a sociologist and author of “Le nouveau visage des droites américaines” (“The New Face of the American Right”). “He is our negative mirror image, a man we see as brutal, who worships money and lacks culture — someone who lets us feel a bit superior about being European.”
In Europe’s capitals, feelings of superiority sometimes translate as concern for an ignorant American public that Trump, described by Britain’s Observer newspaper as a “malign buffoon,” is supposedly exploiting. “His constituency is ignorance,” the Observer wrote on Aug. 9 in an unsigned editorial. “In this, he is heir to a long, inglorious American tradition.”
In France, editorialist Alexandre Vatimbella called him a [“un clown provocateur” or] “provocative clown” whose brand of populism was dangerous for democracy, while Germany’s newspapers have reached a consensus around the label “Großmaul,” or loudmouth.
A YouGov poll this week showed that two-thirds of Germans had a negative view of him. And the commentary written about Trump in Europe’s newspapers, from Paris to London to Berlin, is almost uniformly disparaging.
A Look Inside Trump’s Global Deals Exposes Trouble in Many Spots
Stephanie Baker & Tim Higgins – bloomberg
February 24, 2016
In Panama, his condominium owners are trying to fire him. In Canada and Turkey, his business partners want to cut him loose. In Scotland and Ireland he claims to be making millions but so far is losing money.
Donald Trump says his organization is in talks on more than 100 deals, 85 percent of them outside the U.S., and that if elected president he will bring to international relations the savvy he has demonstrated as a global deal maker.
But an examination of his operations abroad reveals that, while he has made many millions selling his name, he has chosen a number of inexperienced — even questionable — partners, sometimes infuriated buyers and associates and moved late into saturated markets, producing less income than advertised.
A number of naming-rights deals over the past decade have involved investors paying him multimillion-dollar sums, sometimes with a percentage of condo sales or a management fee to run hotel operations. In some places, such as the Philippines, there are strong early sales with projects due to be completed in the next few years. But others have gone far less well, descending into legal conflicts amid claims of broken promises and empty apartments.
Pope Francis On Donald Trump: ‘This Man Is Not Christian’
Trump replied that the pope’s comments were “disgraceful.”
Pope Francis said on Thursday that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump‘s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is “not Christian.”
Speaking aboard his papal plane after visiting Mexico, the pope was asked specifically about Trump’s proposal. “A person who only thinks about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” he said, according to reporters who were on the plane with the pontiff.
Trump behavior sends GOP into panicked search for alternatives
08/03/16 10:11PM maddowblog
Rachel Maddow reviews the recent erratic behavior by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the pandemonium both within the Trump campaign and in the Republican Party over how to get 2016 under control.