Thursday 24 May 2018

Trump and Macron are more alike than they are dissimilar

The macho posturing between the two world leaders in Washington last week was deeply crass, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

HIGH HEELS ON THE SOUTH LAWN: Donald and Melania Trump walk the rough road with Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte. Photo: AP
HIGH HEELS ON THE SOUTH LAWN: Donald and Melania Trump walk the rough road with Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte. Photo: AP

President Trump doesn't even make a pretence of being normal. Oddness permeates him like the letters in a stick of rock.

That's the easy part, though. The important step is taking that to the next level by recognising how deeply weird those who oppose him also are. Take French president Emmanuel Macron, who made a much-publicised state visit to Washington this week.

Macron has been hailed as anti-Trump, a global leader with the "right" values to lead the world; a modern, progressive figure who's overcome the old left/right divisions to forge a new way that supersedes the obsolete categories. Seriously? What was evident during that visit was not how different the two men are, but how similar.

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