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Churchillian Trump?

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In July, I wrote an article that included some of Winston Churchill’s famous quotes and titled the article, “Winston Churchill Would have Loved Twitter, Just Like President Trump“, https://wp.me/pY51c-159.  After watching the latest movie about Churchill, “Darkest Hour”, which I highly recommend, I was struck again with the wit and sharp tongue similarities between President Trump and Prime Minister Churchill.  Below are some pairings that I found to be most similar in style, delivery and sharpness.


President Trump:  “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.”

Winston Churchill:  “The POSITIVE THINKER sees the INVISIBLE, feels the INTANGIBLE, and achieves the IMPOSSIBLE.”


President Trump:  “Many people are afraid to fail, so they don’t try. They may dream, talk, and even plan, but they don’t take that critical step of putting their money and their effort on the line. To succeed in business, you must take risks. Even if you fail, that’s how you learn. There has never been, and will never be, an Olympic skater who didn’t fall on the ice.”

Winston Churchill:  “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.


President Trump:  “Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.”

Winston Churchill:  “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”  

Non-PC Personal Observations!!

President Trump:  “Do you mind if I sit back a little? Because your breath is very bad. 

Winston Churchill:  “I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”


President Trump: “I’m asking the American people to rise above the noise and the clutter of our broken politics, and embrace the great faith and optimism that has been the central ingredient in the American character.”

Winston Churchill:  “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Future Success

President Trump:  “No dream is too big. No challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach.”  

Winston Churchill:  “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”


President Trump:  “In the end, you’re measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish”

Winston Churchill:  “It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”

On America

President Trump:  “When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.”

Winston Churchill:  “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.”

The Legacies of Churchill and Trump

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Winston Churchill’s legacy is pretty much set in history.  President Trump’s is still unfolding.  Based on his first year in office as the President of the United States, you can bet his legacy will include tenacity, outspokenness, strength, and an unlimited pursuit to make America the best it can be.  If President Trump is tested in wars, his legacy will be colored by his prosecution of those events.

Regardless of Trump’s final legacy, there is no doubt that they have more in common than  not.  Their drive for success is unquestioned.  Churchill’s response to the adversities and challenges of war was to say. “We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”  Trump’s response to challenges, adversities, and our potential was equally as prophetically sound when he said, “No dream is too big. No challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach.”

There is no doubt the world and America are living in a period of global challenges that are equal to or even greater than anytime in the past.  The threat of war is visible on many fronts and its drums are audible nearby.  Will the world and the US succumb to the weaknesses that plagued the world in Chamberlain’s appeasement views or follow the resolve of Churchill and overcome these many threats? 

When tested, will President Trump take his seat in history as the protector of freedom around the world or will he join the ranks of the appeasers that have created past and current challenges in opposing tyrannical evil in distant capitals and at home?  My hope is that President Trump will recall his own words that he uttered, “When somebody challenges you, fight back. Be brutal, be tough.”, and cling to his realistic assessment, “In the end, you’re measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.”

RD Pierini



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.  


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