Donald Trump put his innate douche-iness on display on the world stage last week at the NATO Summit in Brussels, when he was caught on camera shoving the prime minister of Montenegro out of his way. The ugly moment when he put a hand on the prime minister to move him out of his way was followed by an even uglier moment when Donald moved to the front of the group and then stuck his chin out in a show of dominance a la Mussolini, the fascist Italian dictator known as “Il Duce.”
It’s more than perfect that Il Douche, the wannabe autocrat, channeled Il Duce, history’s most famous fascist.
Slo-mo: Trump appears to push aside/shove another NATO leader to get to the front of the group. pic.twitter.com/K0OC6QnEL4
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) May 25, 2017
The Times summed up European reaction this weekend:
When Donald Trump was seen brushing his way past Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic for a group photo at a NATO summit in Brussels this week, many Europeans came to the same conclusion: The American president came off looking like a bully.
Markovic later said he felt it was an “inoffensive” gesture. “It is natural that the president of the United States is in the front row,” he said. But the incident drew almost as much attention as Trump’s failure to mention and endorse NATO’s Article 5 — the core NATO principle that an attack on one member is viewed as an attack on all.
Across Europe, the reaction to Trump’s trip, and especially to the NATO photo op, was less than charitable. Scotland’s J.K. Rowling, the author of the “Harry Potter” books and a frequent Trump critic, posted a clip of the Trump-Markovic incident on Twitter with her own scathing comment: “You tiny, tiny, tiny little man.”
German comedian Jan Boehmermann also turned to Twitter to compare Trump to a hungry man barging his way past others to get to the front of the line for an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Tension caused by Trump and his “America first” rhetoric has been running high across the continent since his election in November. This week’s meetings with leaders of NATO and the Group of 7 leading industrialized countries did little to ease it.