Diplomat [George Brandis]'s warning not to erode Rudd's standing in Washington after Trump barbs ( www.abc.net.au )

  • In short: Australia's former high commissioner to the United Kingdom, George Brandis, cautioned politicians against criticising diplomatic appointments.
  • On Wednesday, former US president Donald Trump said he had heard Kevin Rudd "was a little bit nasty".
  • What's next? The Coalition has questioned Dr Rudd’s tenure, suggesting he will not be able to work with Mr Trump if he is returned to the White House later this year.
DarkDarkHouse , (edited )
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Add him to the list, which I'm sure is much longer now...


Kachilde ,

If Trump doesn’t like Rudd, I can only assume he is as competent at the job as he appears.

The coalition can fuck right off of they think we want someone that Trump would like doing the job. Stop trying to capitulate to the wannabe dictator that isn’t even in power, just because you idolise the mutiny he attempted.

unionagainstdhmo Mod ,
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I don't know what's scarier - a Trump presidency or a Trump loss (and ensuing chaos)

ajsadauskas ,
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@unionagainstdhmo @Kachilde Also depends on how narrow the loss is.

A "hanging chad" election that goes to the Supreme Court (like Bush—Gore) is basically a Trump win at this point.

A landslide wipeout like Walter Mondale in '84 to Biden is possibly the best outcome.

A relatively close Biden win, and there almost certainly will be violence.

unionagainstdhmo Mod ,
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I feel like Trump could spin a landslide into fraud en mass. Especially if it were something like 88%. I doubt it will go that far given how the Republicans are slowly falling in line to back Trump, I'm not too familiar with US politics but I assume Fox News will be backing him, as Sky News is here

Ilandar ,

The middle option is impossible with the number of voters loyal to Trump.

ajsadauskas ,
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@Ilandar But it's really not.

The US has voluntary voting. Typically only a little over 50% of eligible voters turn up to vote.

That means even if the GOP managed to get 50% of the popular vote, that's just 25% of eligible voters.

Let's assume that 50% of those Republican voters are core loyal Trump supporters.

Okay, well that's just 12.5% of the US population.

A considerable percentage, no doubt. But for context, around 14% of the US population is black.

Now if 75% or more of the population isn't voting Republican, then a landslide is absolutely possible.

And if that landslide is not just in the presidential race, but on many down-ballot races as well, you're going to start to see the non-Trumpists in the GOP distance themselves from Don pretty bloody quickly.

Ilandar ,

It's not going to happen. I don't think you realise how unpopular Biden is, people don't want to vote for him either. You're kind of just blanket assuming that anyone who isn't a Trump loyalist will vote for Biden but that's not at all what will happen.

afterconnery ,
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@unionagainstdhmo @Kachilde there will be chaos in either scenario. Chaos is the only sure thing for America's future.

ganksy ,
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A Trump presidency, period. Most of the US, most of the world for that matter, do not want him back in power. Terrorists can fuck right off! We want democracy.

autotldr Bot ,

This is the best summary I could come up with:

The federal opposition's rush to jump on US presidential hopeful Donald Trump's character assessment of Australia's envoy in Washington could erode his standing in the capital, a former senior diplomat has warned.

During an interview with British politician-turned-broadcaster Nigel Farage, Mr Trump said he had heard Dr Rudd "was a little bit nasty" and "not the brightest bulb".

The comments were prompted by Dr Rudd's own turn of phrase, prior to becoming ambassador to the US, when he described Mr Trump as a "destructive president" and a "traitor to the West".

George Brandis served as Australia's high commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2018 to 2022, after almost two decades as a Liberal senator for Queensland where he became one of the most senior politicians in the party.

"I know Nigel Farage, he's a charming charlatan, who's building a reputation as a broadcaster in the United States," Mr Brandis quipped.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese lashed out at critics of Dr Rudd, as the federal Opposition Leader Peter Dutton urged him to take Mr Trump's critique seriously.

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