England are out of the World Cup, it’s started raining again and Trump has just landed in the UK. What a difference a day makes.
And while most of us take shelter from both the rain outside, the sore heads inside and the continuing political turmoil of both our own government and America’s, there are still some things to smile about.
Like this guy, for example, who unwittingly found himself in close proximity of the US president during his visit to London.
Miguel Santana de Silva, 28, from Kentish Town, London, was waiting for his bus on Camden Road this morning, July 12, when he saw Trump’s convoy (well, it would be hard to miss…) driving past.
In the spur of the moment, Miguel simply stood up, raised his middle finger and swore at every car that rolled past. The music is a stroke of genius, too.
Check it out:
— Miguel Santana da Silva (@m_santana) July 12, 2018
Accompanying the video, Miguel wrote:
Didn’t expect to catch comrade Trump and his filthy motorcade worming by Camden Sainsbo’s bus stop today. Here’s a London welcome for an orange wasteman
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Miguel said:
I was waiting for a bus on my way to work, when the motorcade showed up. [It] took me by complete surprise, and it didn’t even click until an old lady beside me said ‘It’s f****** Trump!’
The finger came up by instinct. As though it’d been waiting for this moment for a couple of years, you know?
I know what you mean Miguel, whether it’s directed at a president or not, I think it’s a feeling to which we can all relate.
Miguel moved to the UK from Portugal aged 12, and has family in the US, making him feel particularly strongly about Trump.
Everything his rotten administration stands for and has done up to, and since [he was elected] has been nothing short of sickening.
My mother lives in Nevada and is currently struggling as a single parent fighting Stage four cancer. She’s been in constant treatment programmes – where the bureaucratic battles to stay afloat and insured are a living nightmare.
I know for her, the American Dream has been a dying concept ever since reality star Donald Trump took office.
Speaking to UNILAD, Miguel added:
Obamacare is literally keeping my mother alive during a very tough battle so it’s honestly frightening when it seems like the bureaucracy holding that in place for her is hanging by a thread.
But there’s a sentiment, a fear, and a dejection for those who looked up to America with hope – and of that there is no doubt.
While Miguel added that he thinks Trump wasn’t actually in the convoy at the time, it’s a sentiment many people share.
Wow! Tremendous win for #TrumpBaby supporters! This is BIG news that nobody saw happening – I am going on a World Tour! Wherever little Donald goes, I will be close behind. There is so much good to do, the world needs #TrumpBaby! https://t.co/aZXE1uREl0? pic.twitter.com/3rkd21GMhL
— Trump Baby (@TrumpBabyUK) June 27, 2018
[In] the interest of truth and accuracy, I now believe this was the motorcade on the way to pick him up from Stansted.
HOWEVER – sentiment still very much stands, middle finger still proudly raised at his rotten administration and everything it represents. Hope the staff pass it on
Tens of thousands of people are expected to turn out to protest Trump’s visit to the UK. Plans include a bright orange, giant inflatable Trump effigy flying over the city.
Known as Baby Trump the balloon will be taking flight between 9.30am and 11.30am on Friday, July 13. The inflatable will coincide with a ‘Stop Trump’ march in central London.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.