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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Today, hours after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Donald Trump touched down at the recently-reopened Trump Turnberry golf course in Scotland. But instead of addressing the geopolitical earthquake shaking the globe, Trump spend the majority of his speech talking about how great his new golf course is. (Staff members wore red caps that said “Make Turnberry Great Again”.) But during the question and answer session, he turned to give some characteristically glib remarks about the Brexit — all while one British comedian attempted in vain to deliver him a gift on behalf of the Third Reich.

When asked about the dramatic depreciation in the value of the British pound, Trump said, “When the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry.” He then drew parallels between the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union and his own candidacy, particularly over the issue of immigration: “They’re angry over borders, they’re angry over people coming into the country and taking over and nobody even knows who they are.”

The strangest moment of the day came when British comedian Simon Brodkin, playing a character named Lee Nelson, stood up in the middle of Trump’s remarks and announced that he had forgotten to hand out golf balls to the guests. As Trump told security to “get him out” and a member of the audience behind the camera told him to “get a job and a haircut,” Brodkin showed the cameras red balls emblazoned with swastikas.

Today, hours after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Donald Trump touched down at the recently-reopened Trump Turnberry golf course in Scotland. But instead of addressing the geopolitical earthquake shaking the globe, Trump spend the majority of his speech talking about how great his new golf course is. (Staff members wore red caps that said “Make Turnberry Great Again”). But during the question and answer session, he turned to give some characteristically glib remarks about the Brexit — all while one British comedian attempted in vain to deliver him a gift on behalf of the Third Reich.

The comedian was not the only person to protest Trump’s event. Buses of demonstrators for a “Stand Up to Trump” event arrived at the golf course, backed by groups that included Stand Up to Racism Scotland, the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees, and Unite the Union Scotland.

 

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