It’s no secret that the rest of the world is wary of President Trump; a Pew poll found that only 9 percent of Europeans had confidence in the then-candidate as of June 2016 — and their opinion is little better now that he’s president.
Trump is particularly unpopular in Scotland, as Full Frontal with Samantha Bee reminded viewers during an intriguing segment. His terrible reputation in Scotland began some time ago when he went up against Michael Forbes. The local farmer famously refused to sell his property for a vast golf course the magnate had hoped to build. Trump had intended for this to be “the world’s best golf course,” so, of course, he wasn’t pleased that somebody dared stand up to his big plans.
Forbes’ refusal to sell was particularly notable in light of the big money Trump was willing to offer. Had he given in, he would have received £450,000 (a little over $500,000 USD) as well as an annual £50,000 (which would translate into $62,490 USD today). The battle between Trump and Forbes got nasty at times, with Trump comparing Forbes’ land to a slum.
Forbes is by no means the only Scottish individual with an extreme dislike of President Trump. Tonight’s exclusive segment on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee highlighted the negative opinions of numerous others, who called Trump all kinds of nasty (but at times, humorous) names.
Trump’s behavior rubbed Scots the wrong way so much, some have decided to rub back. One did so with a big yellow balloon, which was used to muss up Trump’s hair during a visit to the Scottish parliament. The moment has since become folklore in Scotland, where residents take pride in the cheekiness of anti-Trump activists.
To supporters, of course, it matters little what the rest of the world thinks of Trump. When presented with statistics about his unpopularity abroad, many either gleefully point out the economic issues plaguing Europe or claim that in light of his America First approach, the opinions of Europeans matter little. Still, for those of us concerned about President Trump’s many controversial executive orders, it’s interesting to see that we’re not alone.
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