Der Spiegel, a globally-respected mainstream German publication, has now gone public with what others of America’s European partners have so far not wanted to declare out loud to the United States: You Americans elected this monster, and we in our country will no longer abide what your nation does at his bidding.
A May 11, 2018 Der Spiegel editorial, Time for Europe to Join the Resistance, sending shock waves through Western media and politics, said in part:
The West as we once knew it no longer exists. Our relationship to the United States cannot currently be called a friendship and can hardly be referred to as a partnership. President Trump has adopted a tone that ignores 70 years of trust. He wants punitive tariffs and demands obedience. It is no longer a question as to whether Germany and Europe will take part in foreign military interventions in Afghanistan or Iraq. It is now about whether trans-Atlantic cooperation on economic, foreign and security policy even exists anymore. The answer: No.
Let that sink in: A leading ally of the United States – and a nation that already knows a good bit about where Trump’s America would like to go and is struggling with its own relapse in that direction – has just told us, as a country, to fuck off. Because of what we have allowed our nation to become.
We 21st-century Americans need to get used to this pariah treatment. Our nation has earned it.
A large and growing segment of the world – not only the poorer and less powerful nations we have traditionally ravaged but also now our wealthy erstwhile global partners and peers – are horrified at what our American state has become under the loathsome, corrupt, racist, and bottomlessly amoral authoritarianism of President Donald Trump.
No American can any longer excuse Trump as an aberration, an electoral error of misplaced passion. Trump is a bona-fide and accurate reflection of our actual nation: savage in its hypocritical 400-year white supremacist expectation of conquest without consequence, lazy in its ignorance of the actual world, wickedly expedient in its acceptance of whatever lie might prolong its fantasy of mastery and unconditional prosperity.
Increasingly, the world sees this about the American state.
Our job as Americans is not only to know it, but to change it.