Trump supporters are incensed at the newest feature story for the most recent publication of Rolling Stone magazine, which depicts the photogenic Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alongside the caption: Why can’t he be our president?
From handshakes to climate change to NAFTA, Trump and Trudeau have agreed on very little, and have shown themselves to possess opposite leadership styles. The magazine article explores these differences, painting Trudeau as the superior politician and goading Trump for the Russia scandal.
“At home, there is a glamorous wife and three photogenic children, still not old enough to warm his seat at next week’s G-20 summit or be involved in an espionage scandal,” the story says of Trudeau, jabbing at Trump’s scandals. “When Trudeau moves on to his feminist bona fides (women and minorities make up more than half of his Cabinet), he pauses for a moment, but does not lose his train of thought. His words are coherent and will not need to be run through Google Translate when he is done (except if you want to translate his French into English).”
The story then becomes a referendum on the writer’s perceived flaws in Trump’s policy proposals, denouncing Trump’s defunding of Planned Parenthood and highlighting Trudeau’s pro-abortion stance, criticizing Trump’s stance on marijuana while noting Trudeau supports legalizing it. Even Trump’s campaign slogan was stolen.
“Justin Trudeau is trying to Make Canada Great Again. He is using, let us say, different methods,” the profile continues. “In 2015, Trudeau met Syrian refugees at the airport and handed out winter coats. One of the refugees thanked him a year later in person on Canadian radio. Trudeau wept. Another named his son after the PM. Meanwhile, Trump is pushing Muslim bans, and Mike Pence went to court to prevent any Syrian refugees from coming to his state.”
Ironically, Trudeau may be the world leader with whom Trump has the most constructive relationship.
”We have a great neighbor in Canada, and Justin is doing a spectacular job in Canada,” Trump said at the G-20 summit earlier this month.
If the story was written to demonstrate the duo’s incompatibility, it fails, as Trudeau exuded an extremely positive approach to working with Trump.
While admitting he disagrees with Trump “on a whole bunch,” he noted they have a “constructive working relationship” and he finds it unhelpful to “insult the guy or overreact or jump at everything he says.”
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) July 26, 2017
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