Since the anti-American GOP’s suck-ups are always seeking to ingratiate themselves with the Donald through the flattery he loves, here’s some for the ages. Literally. No doubt Trump would be glad to be compared to a famously wealthy and powerful English king, in this case Henry II of England. Plus, he doesn’t read so Henry’s less admirable attributes won’t cause any blowback. (Jeez, Steve Bannon had no problems with his disparaging remarks did he?)
These excerpts are from Geraldus Cambrensis (Gerald of Wales) who was the tutor of two of Henry II’s sons; King Richard (Lionheart) and King John (Lackland). He well knew King Henry II. And some of Gerald’s description(s) of that king could easily have been written about Trump.
Here are a few nuggets.
…Well, Henry II., king of the English, was a man
with reddish hair, a big bullet-head, blood-shot gray
eyes that in anger flashed fiercely, a fiery face, and
a broken voice. …; his figure was portly, but
not absolutely of huge and unwieldy bulk. …
…constitutional inclination to corpulence…
…showed greater tenderness of feeling for the fallen than for the survivors: he was far less demonstrative in his care for the living than in his grief for the dead…
…No one was kinder in the hour of trouble : when all was well again, no one more severe. …
…The man for whom he had once conceived a hate, he
could with difficulty be brought to love…
…he was by nature not a truthful man, and would habitually break his word without the slightest excuse. For whenever he found
himself in a difficulty he preferred that his honour
should suffer rather than his interest, and thought it
better to lose his reputation for honesty than to miss
an advantage. …
…to the great inconvenience of his subjects exceedingly
slow in coming to a final decision in any matter. … …by the refined malice, as it were, of Fortune it happened that where the king
looked for happiness there he found hostility; where
defence, defiance; where help, hate; where rest and
repose, there especially disquiet and disturbance. …
Henry II did have a number of more laudatory characteristics and behavior patterns. He was extremely intelligent and had an incredible memory; he read prodigiously and applied himself diligently to attending to the nuts and bolts of governing. He also worked hard to keep his weight under control, exercising constantly.
Mr. Trump, not so much. We knew the man was a pig, by the words that came out of his own mouth. He openly bragged about getting away with serial sexual assaults. But we balanced those egregious character and personality flaws against the known reality of his also hideously flawed opponent who was unsuitable in different ways but still definitely not presidential material. We held our noses and expected a workaholic president who would be busy, busy, busy all the time, mastering the art of statecraft, working to learn the nuts and bolts of government and actually governing. We thought he’d be re-negotiating unfavorable trade deals which put our country at a disadvantage in commerce, fixing immigration in a sensible way, working to fund the repair of crumbling infrastructure, trying to prevent nuclear war and so on.
What we actually got was a lazy, fat, self indulgent slacker who spends a significant part of his day watching TV and shoveling Big Macs and Kentucky Fried Chicken into his pie hole while tweeting disgustingly immature and vile things about friends, enemies, other countries and and his own employees. He is scathing in assessing women who are a few pounds overweight while ignoring the plain fact that he should lose at least 75 pounds so he won’t have to waddle like a beached walrus in front of the whole world. He praises virtually nothing and no one for long.
Someone who feels the need to constantly belittle others in order to make his own sorry self seem superior is way off the mark for any “leader”. Unlike Henry II.