A few tweeters have started to repeat that Donald Trump is just a version of Boris Johnson. Let’s look at the facts. Do they know Boris Johnson?Boris Johnson is a cultured, deep thinking, libertarian, and Oxford educated classical scholar, known for his charm and tolerance Donald Trump is a hugely successful billionaire businessman, who was so wild his father send him to military academy. Nobody would ever describe him as tolerant, charming, or an intellectual, let alone a deep or cultured thinker. He is feisty, a talented businessman and has tremendous tenacity.
Boris Johnson is known for his respect for all religions. He has Muslim blood and his great great grandfather could recite the entire Koran by heart. He is popular with the Jewish community, who has described him as “our fearless Macabbee” and “our one bright ray of hope”. Brought up a Catholic, he is an agnostic, but says he thinks about different religions all the time.
Trump is a Christian, (at times he has been a Catholic, a member of the Dutch Reformed Church, a Presbyterian and he married his third wife in an Episcopalian church) who ignores that the Old Testament contains just as much violence and vengeance as the Koran.
Trump said on the Koran: “There‘s a lot of hatred there that’s someplace. Now I don‘t know if that’s from the Koran. I don‘t know if that’s from someplace else but there‘s tremendous hatred out there that I’ve never seen anything like it. So, you have two views. You have the view that the Koran is all about love and then you have the view that the Koran is, that there’s a lot of hate in the Koran”.
It’s no surprise that Trump said he would “bomb the hell” out of Iraq’s oil fields, which he believes are controlled by ISIS. “If I win, I would attack those oil sites that are controlled and owned — they are controlled by ISIS. I wouldn’t send many troops because you won’t need ’em by the time I’m done.” Trump is a patriot, who loves America, and wants to help veterans. Boris is the same regarding Britain.
This was Boris’s more measured response on ISIS. “We need a proper security response. We need to be able to monitor these vipers nursed at the breast of the British state: their movements, their communications, and sometimes we need to be able to separate them from others who could aid and abet their plans. In so far as the Lib Dems are still being obstructive, they must be overwhelmed.” He firmly believes that the “jihadi madness” is rejected by the majority of Muslims.
Boris Johnson is pro immigration as long as people work, and quotes the example of Athens and Sparta. He believes illegal immigrants should comply with the law and be deported, but at one time considered an amnesty. Trump created a furore when he said: “The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.”
Trump acknowledged that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus asked him to tone down his rhetoric on immigration reform. Several businesses dropped their relationships with Trump after his comments. But Trump has had the guts to raise the question of immigration which is a huge problem in Europe now. Bluntly, in Germany, also France, women are living in fear. This is an issue that should be addressed.
Impossible to imagine Boris describing any woman as “a fat pig” or “no longer a 10” like tactless Trump called Rosie O’Donnell and Heidi Klum. But Trump is a media star, you are expected to be outrageous. You can’t go on Howard Stern and not be shocking.
To sum up, Boris is a suave, deep thinking libertarian, renowned for his tolerance, good nature, sense of humour and belief in social justice. Donald Trump is a blunt speaking, irascible, pugnacious, feisty business tycoon, who is certainly not given to introspection. But he has humour. His straight talking is often refreshing after the smarmy doublespeak of the Clintons and Planet Fear.
Both men are straight talkers. Trump is not a politician, but has a talent for pinpointing vital issues. If he could learn to tone down his rhetoric, he could be a powerful force for good in America.