A little Churchill quiz

January 3, 2018

Over the holidays, I saw the new film, “Darkest Hour,” about Winston Churchill’s early days as British Prime Minister, when he was trying to warn his countrymen of the rising danger from Germany and battling liberal leaders whom he thought were too weak in the face of Hitler’s aggression. I thought the film was terrific, and I happened to mention that there were some obvious parallels to the attacks President Trump is receiving for standing up against dictators, terrorists and open borders. Naturally, the media went nuts. How dare I compare the eeeeeeevil Donald Trump to the historical Colossus, Winston Churchill? Oh, how quickly they forget – or more likely, how they never learned in the first place because they didn’t pay attention in history class.

For those who think it’s out of bounds to draw any comparisons between Trump and Churchill and how they were depicted by their contemporaries, here’s a little quiz. Which of the following things were said about Trump, and which ones were references to Churchill?...

He’s a belligerent bully who would use the military against union strikers.

He’s an outdated throwback to a type of paranoid conservativism that places confrontation over diplomacy.

He’s a racist, an imperialist and a Muslim hater.

He’s a lying self-aggrandizer who claimed to be the lone voice speaking up for making his country strong again when that wasn’t true.

He thought Hitler and Mussolini had their good points.

He’s a war criminal who didn’t care if bombs he ordered to be dropped killed civilians.

He’s a hothead who wants to launch an unprovoked nuclear strike on his enemies.

He was blasted by a major newspaper for “startling the world” with his “outrageous propositions.”

He’s mentally unfit for office, but refuses to step down.

He doesn’t care if brown people starve.

He was described by one prominent politician from another country as being worse than Hitler, Mao or Stalin.

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ANSWERS: Okay, you got me. It’s a trick question. All of those things were said about Winston Churchill. But probably also about Trump. No wonder Obama tried to keep both Churchill and Trump out of the Oval Office. Luckily, but in both cases, his efforts were a bust.

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  • Michelle Whitten

    01/08/2018 11:05 AM

    I loved this story. Very interesting, and it made me laugh this morning. Thank you!

  • Dennis Killeen

    01/04/2018 03:28 PM

    My favorite Churchill quote:
    from Winston Churchill’s speech to convince England to fight Hitler.
    … it must be remembered that we are in the preliminary stage of one of the greatest battles in history…
    What is our aim? I can answer that in one word… Victory.
    It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.

  • Mary Lunn

    01/03/2018 02:04 PM

    I would love to forward some of these articles to my twitter account but there is no icon to do so. I find your articles very informative, easy to read, and with that wonderful touch of humor.

  • Jane Wilcox Hively

    01/03/2018 11:31 AM

    Thanks Mike! Once again on target! Thank heavens for your communication and your insight. We remain your friends and admirers in NH. Keep up the good work!

  • Suzanne Russell

    01/03/2018 10:39 AM

    When I saw the preview for the movie at the theater, I immediately recognized that what they are saying about President Trump, they said about Winston Churchhill! I was surprised because I had only heard the good part about him. Not surprised though, knowing human nature as I do now. It's sad that the world is so easily turned against people who are doing good. It's a good reminder to hold our judgement against people because the ones we fight may turn out to be the savior of our situations. They did it to Jesus too and HE is the savior of the world for all time. (I'm so glad that HE didn't wait and run for President!)