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Old 16.07.2019, 14:19
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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No, they aren't. Donald Trump is, by most reckoning, populist, and possibly a clown depending on your criteria for clownship. Boris is not though, and that you think he is a clown shows you fall in line wiht many people who a taken by his bumbling buffoon act. He is astute and calculating, not necessarily good things, but I definitely wouldnt put him in the camp of clown, because he knows what he is doing.
Depending on your definition of populism, Boris is probably more the populist than Trump in that he has a finger on the pulse of what people think and want and can create the impression that he is capable of giving it to them (rightly or wrongly). When he was major of London, the left never grew to like him but they never really had much leverage against him as Boris had a better grip on the political middle ground. He was a sort of tory version of Obama, an insider pretending to be an outsider, and a smooth talker with a massive aura of intellectualism who could sell BS for gold and who made people look up to him and respect him, whether they agreed with him or not. A politician and an anti-politician rolled into one. Trump is the complete opposite of that. Rather than disarming his critics, he tosses them scraps and snippets to fight over. He seems to relish the bickering coming from his opponents. In fact it confirms and justifies him.
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