The Scotsman, Scotland’s national newspaper, published a particularly scathing editorial denouncing President Donald Trump ahead of his visit to the United Kingdom.
Leader comment: A denunciation of Donald Trump. https://t.co/mdmHR3nwC6
— The Scotsman (@TheScotsman) July 12, 2018
“The 45th US President is an appalling human being,” the editorial staff observes, before launching into an exhaustive list of Trump’s transgressions.
Trump, among other things The Scotsman notes:
- “is a racist, a serial liar, and either a sexual abuser or someone who falsely brags about being one in the apparent belief that this will impress other men.”
- has attacked NFL players who, in refusing to stand for the national anthem, staged peaceful protests against police brutality and systemic inequality, saying that they “maybe… shouldn’t be in the country.”
- claimed there were “very fine people” on both sides of last year’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, even after meeting with then-newly installed FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and acknowledged that the Justice Department had opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed after she was struck by a Dodge Challenger driven by James Alex Fields, who had traveled to the city from Ohio to protest at the rally with fellow white nationalists.
- “pushed the lie” that Barack Obama, the first African-American president, is not an American citizen, despite incontrovertible evidence to the contrary.
- has called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States, statements which many people have been given the rubber stamp by last month’s Supreme Court ruling upholding his travel ban.
- has expressed considerable racial animus toward Mexican immigrants (referring to them as “rapists and criminals”; said Nigerians would “never go back to ‘their huts'” after seeing the United States and referred to African nations as “shitholes.”
- claimed that Gonzalo Curiel, the Indiana-born judge presiding over a lawsuit against Trump University “was biased against him and unfit to take the case” because of his Mexican heritage.
The Scotsman‘s editorial team also takes Trump to task for his penchant for decrying the media as “fake news,” a mantra which many believe galvanized a gunman who killed several people at the headquarters of Maryland’s Capital Gazette while already embroiled in a lawsuit against the paper.
But the president, long criticized for projecting his own guilt onto others, according to a Washington Post analysis that The Scotsman cites, “lies an average of 6.5 times a day.” The Scotsman adds that The New York Times has “also tried to make a definitive list of his numerous falsehoods,” and it’s a list that grows each time the president composes a tweet for his millions of followers. The Scotsman quotes Rex Tillerson, who summed up the president’s habit of lying in a speech he gave shortly after he was fired from his position as Secretary of State:
If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom.
Referring back to their observation that Trump is a “sexual abuser” (or at the very least someone who gloats about fantasies in which women forfeit their consent), The Scotsman‘s editorial staff reminds its readers of Trump’s statements on the infamous Access Hollywood tape: “When you’re a star, they let you do it,” he said, providing justification for groping women whenever he pleases. When the tape emerged, The Scotsman reminds us, Trump downplayed his comments, saying they were just “locker room talk.” And when multiple women came forward to say he had assaulted them, Trump accused them of lying.
“Our political leaders might hide their distaste in the coming days in an attempt to get a much-needed post-Brexit trade deal,” The Scotsman concludes, “but we should not forget what kind of man Trump really is.”
The Scotsman‘s editorial went viral after it was shared by Scottish author Mark Leggat, who called the editorial “Unprecedented in 193 years of daily publishing.”
This is in a Scottish national newspaper, The Scotsman. Unprecedented in 193 years of daily publishing. pic.twitter.com/W72DbN2zH0
— Mark Leggatt (@Mark_Leggatt) July 12, 2018
The Scotsman editorial, observes one social media user, is representative of a pattern, mainly that people no longer respect Trump for the office he holds:
I think we passed a point today, where folks no longer offer any respect for Donald Trump as a result of the office he holds. People calling him out no holds barred; or better yet, laughter. See Strozok hearing, editorial in The Scotsman, and the German broadcaster….
— Daniel Sofer (@danielsofer) July 13, 2018
Excellent article. Each time our "leaders" fail to call him out I see Chamberlain and his piece of paper … and I hear the words: … "and then they came for me."
— isabell bowcrisp (@isabellbowcrisp) July 13, 2018
Don’t often buy this paper, today I made an exception.
— TribeofToby (@TribeofToby) July 13, 2018
The Scotsman‘s editorial comes just a day after Trump said, “I think they like me in the UK” despite the threat of protests.