It never seemed likely that Donald Trump’s Presidency would never have a dull moment. In fact, the former businessman’s distinct lack of affiliation with political norms has been cited by many as the chief reason for his triumph in last year’s election. He’s less a breath of fresh air from the political elite and more the proverbial bull in the china shop that’s shattered that coterie’s very foundations.
More cautious commentators would argue that an element of familiarity would be no bad thing in a political landscape lurching wildly from moment to moment. In Britain Theresa May’s espousal of a “strong and stable” dirge that became more ironic by the day, as her astonishingly inept campaign slowly unravelled. May proved that the values of her party are no longer deemed desirable by an increasingly disenfranchised electorate.
It doesn’t seem unfair to cast Donald Trump as the violent antithesis to such banality – for better or for worse – a bombastic tour-de-force whose emphatic adoption of the rallying cry “Make America Great Again!” resonated with his supporters … even if his actual ideas on how to achieve that concept were a little murkier.
A certain modicum of parody, then, might have been expected; Donald Trump is a larger than life character with a very distinct manner of speaking, now infamous gestures and endless soundbites for impressionists to fall back on. Now, though, a send-up of President Trump has come from an altogether unexpected source.
The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was caught on tape ostensibly mocking his American counterpart in his leader’s speech at the Australian parliament’s annual Midwinter ball. It is thought that the speech is not typically reported on, but this year, Turbull’s speech has been leaked online, and it makes for rather embarrassing listening for Donald Trump.
The Prime Minister can be heard saying; “It was beautiful. It was the most beautiful putting-me-at-ease ever… We are winning and winning in the polls. We are winning so much, we are winning, we are winning like we have never won before.”
“We are winning in the polls. We are! We are. Not the fake polls. Not the fake polls. They’re the ones we’re not winning in. We’re winning in the real polls. You know the online polls. They are so easy to win. I know that. Did you know that? I kind of know that. They are so easy to win. I have this Russian guy… Believe me, it’s true, it is true.”
The clip has caused quite the stir in the United States, with the House of Cards Twitter handle quick to give the Australian Prime Minister some good advice.
Elsewhere, President Trump has taken to his preferred communicative medium to vent over the ongoing allegations into members of his team’s perceived involvement with Russian officials. The President has cast the investigation as the “single greatest WITCH HUNT” and dismissed allegations of collusion as “phony”.
Quite which direction the administration will turn next is anyone’s guess, but should Trump be headed down the road to impeachment, here’s how long it could take.