I happened to pick up the above titled volume of the unpublished letters to The Daily Telegraph, the first in fact that came out in 2009. Among all the usual nonsense it covered the US election of 2008 and there were several missives that give a clue as to what happened last week.
What happened, of course, was a spike in ‘Make America Great Again’, or ‘Make America White Again’ according to some reports.
Anyway, the letters bear repeating:
SIR – Let me give you a little advice: stay out of our business here in the USA. You have no right to comment, critique or even nod towards us. It is against OUR laws for any foreign power to try and affect our elections. You are meddling.
Now, you can hate us, hate our country and our President. You can abuse John McCain and Sarah Palin all you and your stuck-up British prissyness want to, but the fact remains that the election is close; Mac is not backing down. In fact, I know for sure he and Ms Sarah are going to beat the little Messiah and his snooty Gaf master Joe Biden like red-haired stepchildren.
But hey, have fun living with Sharia Law – that’s what your Eurotrash white guilt gives you.
New York, USA
SIR – Your paper is very liberal. Of course, what can you expect from a socialist, faggot country like England?
I am proud to be from the best country in the world: the USA! And from the best state in the USA: Texas!
Bring your socialist, gay-loving ass to Texas and we will kick your ass.
Oh, and we are allowed to carry handguns here. In faggot countries like yours even the ‘bobbies’ can’t have guns.
SIR – My sincerest apologies for the Bungler-in-Chief that some stupid Americans voted into office. What were they thinking? Barack Obama and his wife have no class and have treated Britain in a most terrible manner by snubbing Gordon Brown on his visit. It seems a silk purse cannot be made out of a sow’s ear.
Again, he and his wife do not represent all America – they only represent the welfare queens and the liberals who are ruining our country.
Please pray for us.
Setting aside that M.L. thinks that the Telegraph is a liberal paper, which must have come as a surprise to the editor, or even whether the letters are genuine or not – Telegraph letter writers can be quite mischievous – they illustrate the mood of anger that existed then in the US and which has grown steadily until we saw it in spades last week.
And for that reason, a Trump loss might have been as potentially dangerous as a Trump win. Tony Schwarz, the ghostwriter who turned Trump’s ramblings into The Art of the Deal which launched the then 38-year-old’s celebrity career, told the Observer before the election that if he were to lose Trump would: ‘try to mobilise the angry people who are his base to do something violent and crazy which he’d then have blamed on the next administration.’
Perhaps his election and the myths he peddled might lance that particular boil when his followers are disillusioned and hopefully rather less cross.