So what do people in Denmark think about Trump’s decision to call off his trip to the country?
Not much, it seems – with one former Danish foreign minister comparing Trump to “a clown in a circus”.
“There are already many good reasons to think that the man is a fool, and now he has given another good reason,” Eva Flyvholm, the foreign policy chair for Denmark’s Red-Green Alliance, told Danish media.
The Guardian’s Sean Walker reported that former Denmark foreign minister Villy Søvndal said the decision “confirms that Donald Trump is a narcissistic fool”.
“If he had been a clown in a circus, you could probably say that there is considerable entertainment value. The problem is that he is the president of the most powerful nation in the world,” Søvndal said.
Trump’s cancellation came, of course, after Denmark refused to sell Greenland to the US.
Donald Trump here, quoting right-wing conspiracy theorist Wayne Allen Root’s comments describing Trump as the “King of Israel” and “the second coming of god”.
Root is a far right crank who has a radio show. He was an early proponent of the racist Obama ‘birther’ campaign – which Trump jumped onto. Root also believed Obama was Muslim, and insisted the president was gay, and claimed 2017 Las Vegas shooting was a “muslim terror attack”.
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