Elections were held in Britain this week over leadership of the Labour Party and an unlikely winner by the name of Jeremy Corbyn won by a landslide, taking almost 60% of the party vote. Why do we care about this, you ask? Well, Corbyn's victory means he'll be putting forth a lot of policy in the UK and sets him up to run in Britain's 2020 election for Prime Minister. And, well, it's good to be knowledgable about political happenings in other countries, right? Especially when it's one of our greatest allies!
Early Saturday, a Twitter user with the handle, @HampishP95 tweeted a photo of Corbyn to United States presidential candidate, Donald Trump, saying, "My Dad is thinking of voting for the first time ever for you." Trump promptly retweeted the photo along with his response, "Great."
Oh, Trump. You big orange embarrassment, you! The sad thing is that I'm fairly certain Trump thinks those 10,000 retweets are a sign of his impending victory. He doesn't, for a second, realize they are comprised of thousands of denizens of the internet laughing at him. The internet reacted with the appropriate level of mockery:https://twitter.com/OhNoSheTwitnt/status/642666965329383424
Even Governor Bobby Jindal, the man least likely to win the Republican nomination, was poking fun at Trump's ignorance. The Louisiana Governor tweeted out a picture of Russian President, Vladimir Putin on horseback saying, "Wow. Is there a world leader you DO recognize? Is this guy going to vote for you too?" And when Bobby Jindal is making fun of you...it's bad. It's really bad.
This isn't the first time Trump has failed to show any knowledge of the world outside of his penthouse. Earlier this month, Trump was backed into a corner by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt when Hewitt asked him a series of questions about terrorist leaders in the Middle-East, like Secretary General of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Trump admitted he did not know who they were and later accused Hewitt of "gotcha" journalism and called him a "third rate announcer."
So, let's tally this up, shall we? Trump had no idea who the man was in the photo that was just elected to lead the Labour Party in the UK and could possibly be their future Prime Minister. Nor could he identify the names of the men who run the three biggest terrorist groups in the Middle-East, responsible for countless atrocities.
Just for a little perspective, I spent the majority of the past three days doing nothing but binge-watching season six of The Vampire Diaries and fantasizing about Ian Somerhalder (and let's be fair, the man is beautiful). Well, I also may have taken a few hours to play a new video game that I am currently obsessing over. Yeah, that's what I do with my time... but even I could tell you who these men are and what they do.
Just take a moment to appreciate the fact that a pop-culture swilling, CW addict like myself is more versed in foreign political happenings than the Republican front-runner for President. Are you scared yet?