Two days ago I wrote that Trump was likely to steamroll Malcolm Turnbull. To be precise, this is what I said:
Malcolm Turnbull is likely to become Trump road-kill.
Trump has changed politics completely and forced politicians the world over to suspend the dithering and take sides. And it seems likely that the side that will emerge victorious is that of the ordinary normal person (translation: that would be conservatives).
Unfortunately for Malcolm, his instinct is to dither and dither leftish. It is not likely to bode well for his future and may well result in the end of the Liberal Party as we know it: in the current environment a coalition of liberals and conservatives has no future.
I know a week is a long time in politics. But it didn’t even take that long. Less than 48 hours later it has emerged that Trump trumped Turnbull in their recent chat in which he also apparently hung up on Big Mal. This is from the Sydney Morning Herald:
“…Mr Trump blasted the Australian Prime Minister, boasted about his mandate and the size of his inauguration crowd and said that “this was the worst call by far” of all his calls with world leaders.
The Prime Minister on Thursday refused to disclose details of his phone call with Mr Trump, though he insisted he stood up for Australia in every forum.”
And this is what the President of America tweeted:
Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
Turnbull’s time is up. This will finish him.
On the one side he’s got the lefty elitist media now calling for him to stand up to Trump and asking why he’s so weak. His media mates have deserted him for someone with a bit more ‘progressive’ spine.
But on the other side he’s faced with the fact that every conservative in Australia is rolling about laughing.
Malcolm is stuck in the middle and in today’s world politicians go there to die…