ABC’s Chris Uhlmann’s savage analysis of U.S. President Donald Trump has gone viral.
Appearing on ABC’s Insiders on Sunday, Uhlmann delivered a calm and measured rant about Trump’s presidency and performance at the G20 summit in Germany.
The video was picked up by social media, receiving over 25,000 retweets on Twitter and almost half a million views on Insiders‘ Facebook page.
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Uhlmann began by accusing Trump of having “no desire and no capacity to lead the world”. He then went on to describe a United States left “isolated and friendless” as the G20 came to an end, describing it as a “G19”.
That may seem scathing enough, but Uhlmann was just warming up.
“There’s a tendency among some hopeful souls to confuse the speeches written for Trump with the thoughts of the man himself – he did make some interesting, scripted observations in Poland about defending the values of the West, “Uhlmann said.
“And he’s in a unique position” Uhlmann continued in his steady Aussie drawl. “He’s the one man who has something to do something about it. But it’s the unscripted Trump that’s real: a man who barks out bile at 140 characters, who wastes his precious days as president at war with the West institutions like the judiciary, independent agencies and the free press. He was an uneasy, lonely, awkward figure at this gathering and you got the strong sense some of the leaders are trying to find the best way to work around him.”
Uhlmann concluded by pointing out that Trump’s ascendancy has led to the decline of the U.S. as a global leader.
“Some will cheer the decline of America. But I think we’ll miss it when it’s gone. And that’s the biggest threat to the values of the West which he claims to hold so dear,” he said.
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According to Uhlmann’s bio, he has been with the ABC since 1998 and has been covering politics since 2006. In 2008, Uhlmann won the prestigious Walkley Award for broadcast interviewing and since 2015 he has been the ABC’s political editor.
Trump hasn’t responded to the brutal analysis, but if past tweets are any indication, he’d probably like to punch Uhlmann in the head.