Although Alex Salmond’s little joke about Donald Trump’s toupee and his call to have him banned from entering the United Kingdom were more than a trifle undiplomatic, Mr Trump’s response to The SNP’s spokesman on foreign affairs is almost a trifle worrying.
After all, in the great scheme of things the best Alex can hope for is working overtime in his old age as, perhaps, a newly independent rather small country’s foreign minister, while Donald is still hoping to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee for the Oval Office.
That is why it is worthwhile looking at the tit for tat reaction of the man who wants to prohibit Muslims from entering America, who said:
“This was the genius that destroyed big sections of the Scottish landscape with ugly , money-sucking, bird-killing industrial windmills, with oil now down at an all time low, and taxed at an all time high to pay for these monstrosities. Additionally, and disgracefully, this is the man who freed, on humane grounds, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi because he wanted to be so kind-hearted to a terrorist who blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie. Salmond released him early so that he could die peacefully the next week, instead he lived for three years and would have lived for longer except for the conflict in Libya. Megrahi and others were laughing out loud at what a stupid man Alex Salmond is. Why would a terrorist that blew up an airliner with so many lives lost be released under any circumstances?!” He then added that Alex Salmond is “an “embarrassment to Scotland”
Now, the jury might be out on whether Alex Salmond is an embarrassment to Scotland and indeed everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, although I don’t have a lot of information on the “bird-killing industrial windmills”, I would have to assume that they are at least an attempt to find an alternative to those fossil fuels which are in the process of pushing the planet over the edge. Moreover, with there being a number of very important facts regarding Megrahi’s conviction being conveniently left unanswered, such as the CIA bribing a key witness, and with information that could have cleared the Libyan being withheld from his lawyers it might even be plausible that Megrahi’s release with the conviction still standing saved a number of people a great deal of embarrassment.
Of course, it would be foolish to believe that Mr Trump has actually cognitively engaged with this case anymore than there is a likelihood that he has even perused Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’. Indeed, it might be that apart from his own ego, cultivating the “right kind” of contacts, pursuing his business interests, and hosting the “reality” television show, ‘The Apprentice’ Mr Trump’s hasn’t cognitively engaged with very much. Therefore, while, academic caution is, of course, advised here, is it not a trifle worrying that the world actually takes this man seriously.