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Donald Trump Finds A Way To Make The Brexit About Him

The presumptive presidential nominee lands in Scotland and gets the Brexit story wrong

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Donald Trump, in Scotland. — Getty Images
Jun 24, 2016 at 9:53 AM ET

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.

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.

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.

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.”