If Only They Didn't Speak English: Notes From Trump's America

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If Only They Didn't Speak English: Notes From Trump's America

If Only They Didn't Speak English: Notes From Trump's America

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Trump was clearly agitated by the fact that he was about to be asked a question by a reporter from the BBC, stating ‘here’s another beauty’ and then later, after Sopel had asked his question, chillingly ‘I know who you are’. Everyone has photo ID, except for young people (who could easily apply for it) and a few ancient people who don't even have birth certificates.

I read the original version of "If Only", which doesn't have the extra chapter about Trump's first year in power. It must be a very difficult balancing act (as a non-American), critiquing American culture without losing friends. Because they know exceptions to the governmental rules and the knowledge of it makes their profession lucrative. He also tries to show how this compares to other high profile political figures he has shadowed on both sides of the pond. It is difficult to understand why the richest country in the world denies so many of its citizens basic health care - the most expensive and least efficient health system in the developed world (MATERNAL MORTALITY rates like theirs would have many of us donating to Oxfam, if we didn't know it was US, and therefore a deliberate choice by government, not lack of resources.While the media depicted him as the most opponent of unfettered access to guns, he was the gun industry’s greatest friend. I’ve noted elsewhere that there seems to be an air of fear about many Americans – even the military operations are designed to minimise risk in a way that seems like over-protectionism to many others. Quite an interesting read that really opened my eyes at just how different the culture across the pond actually is.

In other words, that is the checked amount paid by one of the puppeteers (who plays, let’s say white) for putting his protégé into the chair; for the possibility to enjoy food and drinks on the “Board number one”. The book ends rather abruptly and it’s more about Obama’s America than Trump’s, but it’s worth a read if you are interested in seeing America through an outsider’s lens. There were some really interesting facts in here, and I particularly enjoyed Sopel’s personal insights into his first hand experiences of presidents and US political coverage (although it needed more of these). And if the world falls apart, one can count on the BBC and their reporters to do an excellent job reporting on it. On the other hand, the inhabitants of the US bump each other off with guns to the tune of some 30’000 a year, but the population as a whole doesn’t seem to be upset about this.The title of the book refers to the fact that Americans speak English, which gives the British people the idea that we’re sort of like their long-distance cousins—we don’t live in the same house, but we’re a part of the same family. Aside from his assiduous use of social media, he suggests that Trump’s use of fake news and post-truth (the use of ‘alternative facts’ to replace actual facts and where where feelings have more weight than evidence) have had a huge impact on a significant number of Americans.



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