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Winston Churchill Would have Loved Twitter, Just Like President Trump

We often romanticize historical figures as being “statesmanlike”, polite, gentile, etc.  But, like all of our recollections of the past, they generally contain our own versions of the truth.

President Trump is often hammered in the press for his “tweets” and his straightforward manner of speaking.  He does not sugar coat his feelings or beliefs and it comes through his tweets.  

IF WINSTON CHURCHILL WERE ALIVE TODAY, HE WOULD RIVAL PRESIDENT TRUMP IN HIS USE OF TWITTER.  FURTHER, THE PRESS WOULD GO NUTS LIKE THEY DO WITH TRUMP!  MAYBE THE PRESS SHOULD READ A LITTLE HISTORY OF OUR PAST LEADERS AND LEARN A LITTLE HUMILITY IN THE PROCESS.

Below are a few examples of “Churchillian” quips and barbs about his contemporaries.  Just substitute the names of the persons being addressed and use @realdonaldtrump rather than Winston Churchill as the author!

  • Neville Chamberlain was one of Churchill’s favorite targets:
    • “He looked at foreign affairs through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe”
    • “At the depths of that dusty soul there is nothing but abject surrender”
    • “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last”
  • Clement Atlee-The successor to Churchill:   
    • President Truman said of Atlee, “He seems a modest sort of fellow.“  Churchill responded with:  “He’s got a lot to be modest about.“
    • Churchill also said of Atlee:  “An empty taxi arrived at 10 Downing Street, and when the door was opened, Atlee got out”
  • Lord Charles Beresford, a popular British Admiral and member of Parliament.
    • Churchill described Beresford’s speaking skills as:  “He is one of those orators of whom it was well said: Before they get up, they do not know what they are going to say; when they are speaking, they do not know what they are saying; and when they have sat down, they do not know what they have said.“
  • Ramsey McDonald, Former Prime Minister of England:
    • Churchill compared McDonald’s lack of ability to make a decision in the following manner:  “a sheep in sheep’s clothing.“
    • Churchill did not stop there with his derision of McDonald:  “We know that he has, more than any other man, the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thought.“
  • Stanley Baldwin. conservative politician not well liked by Churchill:
    • Churchill said: “I wish Stanley Baldwin no ill, but it would have been much better if he had never lived.“
    • Churchill also quipped of Baldwin:  He occasionally stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened”
  • Not PC, Churchill would definitely get the feminists up in arms today.  He once said of the British politician Bessie Braddock after she said:
    • Bessie: “Winston, you are drunk.“
      Winston: “My dear, you are ugly, but tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be ugly.“
  • Churchill did not save his anti-female barbs for just Bessie.  
    • Lady Astor once said to Churchill “Winston, if you were my husband I would flavour your coffee with poison”
      Churchill: “Madam, if I were your husband, I should drink it”
  • Churchill’s Potty Humor:
    • The Lord Privy Seal requested a meeting with Churchill while Churchill was using the toilet.  
      • Winston said “Tell him I can only deal with one sh-t at a time!”
  • Churchill’s opinion of Charles de Gaulle:
    • Churchill said:  “What can you do with a man who looks like a female llama surprised when bathing?“

In addition to being known for his verbal assaults, he also left us with memorable anecdotes that were “twitterable”!

  • On Americans:  “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.”
  • The Art of Tact:  “Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”
  • Truth:  “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
  • Fanatics (Maybe he met a Democrat):  “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”
  • Fanatics Part II:  “Show me a young Conservative and I’ll show you someone with no heart.  Show me an old Liberal and I’ll show you someone with no brains.”
  • Politician’s Skill:  “A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year.  And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.”
  • Success:  “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
  • Animal Likes:  “I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”

And Finally One for the Main Stream Media:  “When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.” 

Next time you hear the MSM badmouth one of President Trump’s Tweets, remember Winston Churchill and ask yourself, what would old Winston say about this!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini