‘This f****** guy…’: How Camden’s politicians reacted to Trump’s US election win

hcFOR all the political squabbles that play out at the Town Hall, the important ones and the silly ones, you will be pressed to find a councillor in Camden willing to toast Donald Trump’s presidential election win in the United States.

Opinion differs as to whether Hillary Clinton really was the best choice of candidate when it fell to the Democrats to save the world from Trump, but there is almost universal revulsion across the political layer of the council to this ugly result. A candidate who honks around with the settings on sensitive emails, extends the idea that the presidency should be shared around only a handful of families in a country of 320 million people, and sometimes was so lacking in humility that she’d do things like tweet a happy birthday message to herself as future president may not be wholly appetising.

But, come on, Trump?

While Clinton’s message, particularly to young women and in fact all of us who wonder when a woman will reach the White House, that her advance was dreamy proof that anybody could become president, Trump was literally proving it. Anybody, even somebody who threatens to bar the right of travel to a whole religion, build physical walls between neighbouring countries, denies climate change and whose locker room banter isn’t about my football team being better than your football team, but how to get away with sexually assaulting a woman. You’ve heard that list over and again, but it can’t be allowed to be conveniently forgotten.

Maybe we’ve reached a time where the sort of the coverage which the press thinks is exposing views that most of us consider way beyond the pale is actually providing oxygen for the beast. If that’s the case, we are in quite a bind. What’s better: put it on the front page, or let intolerance spawn out of sight until it’s too late.

Or maybe it is simply a time of scandal-proof candidates, no longer fearful of front pages and Facebook petitions; candidates who are willing to ride it all out no matter how many people are tweeting about the last bad thing they’ve said. Trump’s new British BF, Nigel Farage, after all swam through every scandal caused by the loose lips of unscreened UKIP candidates, and still more or less got what he wanted.

Anyhow, here’s how some of Camden’s politicians reacted online to Trump’s victory.

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COUNCIL finance chief Theo Blackwell has dual citizenship so perhaps has even more reason to be devastated than rest of the gang up at Judd Street. His stars and stripes flag picture on election night suggested he was settling in to watch Hillary Clinton become the first woman to be elected as US president. The hopeful eyes had turned to full frustration by the time Emily Thornberry could be heard comparing the rise of a movement behind Trump to the swirling momentum which gathered behind Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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‘No babe, you support an unqualified loose cannon’

COMETH the hour, cometh Cllr Francis. You can beat around the bush and carefully compose each tweet, but nobody at the Town Hall live tweets a major event like the Bloomsbury councillor.

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There’s the one where she points out that she has more political experience than Trump…

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…and, with some industrial language, another where she wonders whether the Republican candidate actually wanted to reach White House, or was just doing it for the ‘lol’.

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Tulip hearts Hillary

HAMPSTEAD and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq called for Britain to ban Donald Trump (after Trump said Muslims should be temporarily banned from the United States) and ended up featuring in one of Hillary Clinton’s campaign videos, a fact her team was very proud of. She had also started election night feeling hopeful, posing with the American flag and a cut-out Hillary at a Democrats Abroad party.

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As we know, this all turned to despair and Tulip was soon tweeting and retweeting messages about how a woman had once again been overlooked.

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Get well soon, Lazzaro

FORMER mayor Lazzaro Pietragnoli reports a bit of bad luck. Get well soon to him.

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Don smashes it on What’s App

IT wasn’t just Labour councillors sharing their surprise. Conservative finance spokesman Don Williams sent a spoof video of people smashing up televisions carrying reports of Trump’s victory to every contact in his mobile phone via What’s App.

Brexit councillor was ‘with her’

PEOPLE say that Trump’s win is comparable to Britain’s Brexit revolution. Not so if you ask Oliver Cooper, the Tory councillor who stood out from the crowd by supporting an exit from the EU in June. He is pro-Brexit but anti-Trump, and spoke out against the Republican candidate at the last full council meeting (not sure Trump heard, tho, maybe he caught it on the webcast) . Last week, he was proudly sporting a Hillary Clinton campaign t-shirt.

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Get organised, and get searching wankpuffiin

WHILE Sabrina Francis may be unmatched in her brutal tweeting style, all of Camden’s councillors trail council leader Sarah Hayward for sheer quantity of tweets and retweets, with more than 30,000 to her name. There were too many post-election offerings to list them all here (she’s on @sarah_hayward to sign up for a full follow), but her output darted from anger to black comedy and back again, with a bit of Ice Cube and ‘wankpuffin’ in between. She was one of the first to challenge Owen Jones for blaming Trump’s victory on the Democrats’ choice of candidate and warned against Hillary-blaming in the aftermath of the result. Jones, as you can see below, later deleted his tweet.

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Hold the port

THE last Lib Dem councillor in Camden, Flick Rea, still proudly wears her ‘IN’ badge on her social media profile. So that’s two miserable all-nighters for her this year.

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In Highgate….

LABOUR councillor Oliver Lewis is very considered over what he says; a lawyer by trade, his delivery is a bit like Perry Mason on the edge of a big courtroom reveal. You can feel the anger in his tweets here, as he warns that Trump upsetting the odds in the United States doesn’t mean Corbyn would do the same in a general election over here. I’m assuming, that is, he means some of Corbyn’s supporters, when he talks of people railing against ‘politics and elites’…

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Meanwhile, Oliver’s fellow Highgate ward councillor Sian Berry suggests inspiration should be taken from Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Could be wrong, but I’m sure we heard Sanders whipping up fervour against elites during his battle with Clinton for the Democrat nomination.

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3 Comments on ‘This f****** guy…’: How Camden’s politicians reacted to Trump’s US election win

  1. Mick Farrant // November 14, 2016 at 6:03 pm // Reply

    The message for sitting Councillors is “do not trust the opinion polls” you all got it wrong with the general election and Brexit. May 2018 is coming

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  2. Wrong over Scotland, wrong over mayoral selection, very wrong over leadership selection, all to be added to losing an election, losing on an EU referendum, losing an attempted coup against a democratically elected leader etc. etc.

    Delusion? Madness? Incopetence? How much more politically naive can you get?

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  3. May 18 is indeed approaching and the Quisling collection will not be standing de selected dumped into the collaborators cess pit where they belong …………………..coming May 18 a Socialist Corbynite Camden Council.

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