Donald Trump Finds A Way To Make The Brexit About Him
The presumptive presidential nominee lands in Scotland and gets the Brexit story wrong
In a stunning move, the United Kingdom narrowly voted to leave the European Union. In a not-so-stunning move, Donald Trump’s first tweet about it was woefully inaccurate.
Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2016
The thing is, while the overall vote came down in favor of Brexit, Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU. In fact, every single voting council went voted in favor of remaining part of the union.
— BBC Scotland News (@BBCScotlandNews) June 24, 2016
Scotland’s desire to stay in the EU was so strong that, following the vote to leave it, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon gave a speech while standing in front of a European Union flag and a Scottish flag (the Union Jack was nowhere in sight), where she said the difference between how Scotland voted and how England and Wales voted was “a sign of divergence between Scotland and large parts of the rest of the UK in how we see our place in the world.” For Scotland to leave the EU against the wishes of its citizens, she said, would be “democratically unacceptable,” to the point that Scotland may have another vote on whether or not to stay in the UK because of it.
Naturally, British celebrities who had given their full-throated support for remaining in the EU responded angrily to Donald Trump, in tweets somewhat lacking in typical British politeness.
@realDonaldTrump Scotland voted IN you moron
— lily (@lilyallen) June 24, 2016
@realDonaldTrump You are a fucking moron.
— Peter Serafinowicz (@serafinowicz) June 24, 2016
FUCK OFF. FUCK THE FUCK OFF. @realDonaldTrump
— Sean Biggerstaff (@Seanchuckle) June 24, 2016
@realdonaldtrump Scotland voted Remain, you weapons-grade plum.
— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) June 24, 2016
— Sammy (@SammyAlbon) June 24, 2016
Trump arrived in Scotland Friday morning, in order to mark the historic occasion with a long and self-congratulatory speech about one of his golf courses. But he didn’t fail to find the way that the Brexit will benefit him personally. “If the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry, frankly,” Trump said, in reference to his Scottish golf resort. “For traveling and for other things, I think it very well could turn out to be positive.”