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Less a Bonnie Prince and more of a Charlie?

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We Americans are determined to make sure the Brits don’t outwit us when it comes to political comedy.

It may be that the UK decided to isolate itself from Europe. We, though, sent over diplomats to ensure that British feelings are accurately relayed back to our people in a way that will make those people giggle.

Presumptive Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump arrived in Scotland on Friday, just as the whole world was absorbing the vote to perpetrate a Brexit.

Surveying the lay of the land — of golf courses — in Scotland, Trump trumpeted on Twitter: “Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!”

Any wildness Trump might have detected may have been wild anger. Scotland voted overwhelmingly (62 percent versus 38 percent) to remain in Europe. Indeed, it’s now moving for another referendum in order to leave the UK and stick with the EU.

The Trump campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. However, Scotland’s mortification at the result was featured on the home page of The New York Times and many other erudite publications.

Moreover, Trump himself is regarded in Scotland as less of a Bonnie Prince and more of a Charlie. Protesters greeted him on his arrival. His golf course developments there are the subject of a highly critical documentary.

Perhaps, though, the most deeply troubling aspect of Trump’s reaction and that of many observers is the notion that remaining in Europe was somehow a liberal thing and leaving was a vote for conservatism.


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The whole Brexit brouhaha stems from two public schoolboys (American translation: snooty private schoolboys) who decided to compete over whose appendage was bigger.

This is something Trump himself would understand, as he’s already declared his appendage to be yuger than yuge.

Both the British public schoolboys — Prime Minister David Cameron and prime pretender to the job Boris Johnson — were from the Conservative party. Each wanted control. Neither could be depicted as liberal. Both have emerged diminished.

What transpired was a vote that some believe was more about race and immigration than about Europe itself. It didn’t exactly help when US President Barack Obama wafted to Britain to tell the people what to think. Brits don’t like to be seen taking orders from the US.

Still, just as many liberals voted to leave, many conservatives voted to stay. What’s most stark is the age disparity. The young voted to stay, the old voted to leave. The turnout was almost 72 percent, but more of the older crowd turned out to vote.

You see, for all Britain’s stiffness in the upper lip region, it’s actually a wild place.

Wildly funny, wildly self-important and wildly wondering what on Earth it’s gone and done, perhaps.

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Trump tweets that Scotland loves Brexit (though Scotland voted against) – CNET