What is perverse about the reaction to Trump in the UK is that compared with many of the other real dictators we’ve hosted in recent years, he’s pretty harmless. Yet the serried ranks of activists have been wheeled out to whinge pointlessly at his presence. Yes, he’s a horrible person and probably a dangerous buffoon, but the ‘virtue signalling’ aka self righteousness of the mob is as obnoxious.
One way to see this is to recognise it as a form of scapegoating: we must find someone to blame for the mess, and he’ll make a fine focus to distract attention from our own failings. This is, of course, the same appeal as that of all populists; Trump has applied it in US politics, whilst the Left blame ‘the rich’ for what’s wrong with the world. Meanwhile the church of course prefers to run with the hounds rather than call ALL to repentance. Why would we want to do that? We’re all fine thank you; there isn’t really a God who will judge us one day, so why don’t we just focus on trying to make this world a better place?