Donald Trump, Republican, running for President in the USA Boris Johnson, Tory, successful leader of UK Brexit
Someone just asked me if I thought these two men had anything in common apart from their blonde mops. It isn’t a question that had occurred to me. But now that I think of it, it seems to me that they share a surprising number of things.
- Both politicians are personally well off financially. Trump may be several zeroes better off than Johnson, but beyond a certain point, what do a few zeroes on the end of one’s net worth matter?
- Both politicians are offering far-right solutions to voters who feel disenfranchised by economic changes both global and local, many of whom want to go back to the mythical “good old days” and make their country great again.
- Both politicians are addressing issues which are often legitimate and which have not always been successfully addressed, or sometimes even recognized, by current governments.
- Both have made promises to change things if they are successful, promises which unfortunately are sometimes unrealistic, uncosted, or mistaken, and in relation to which they both have begun to row back on. These include promises about immigration and health care.
- Trump’s pronouncements have sometimes been openly racist, while that is not true of Johnson personally, although it is true of members in his camp. Both camps appeal to an anti-immigrant, anti-foreign mentality, and whether they mean to or not, have benefited from it.