I'll be honest in admitting that I did not pay close attention to the Prime Minister race in England. I knew Theresa May was under fire for not being able to put forth a plan that could get consensus enough to get Brexit moving forward. However, after her announcement of a planned resignation, the UK quickly had a vote and chose Boris Johnson as the new prime minister
Boris Johnson was actually born in NYC to British parents, thus providing him dual citizenship. His parents moved back to Britain the following year, although they moved back to the U.S. a year later and stayed 3 more years before returning to England for good. Johnson was actually a good student, attending prestigious schools (including Eton and Oxford), learning multiple languages, and graduated with studies in ancient and Greek literature. He worked as a journalist, and was elected Mayor of London and chosen to be the Foreign Secretary by his predecessor to the PM position. Like tRump, he was fortunate enough to have been born to upper-class parents which afforded him these opportunities.
It's his later years and racist commentary (as well as his sloppy appearance, and crude behavior) that have prompted people to refer to him as the "British Trump". Despite his boorish words and actions, he's actually quite a bit smarter than tRump, and has spent a lot of time in British politics. However, he was a big supporter of the isolationist plan of "Brexit", and for the same anti-immigration reasons that tRump promotes.
Just like in the U.S., the non-white population has to wonder about their country and countrymen to have chosen someone who uses terms like "piccanninny" and "watermelon smiles"
. He was a political commentator at the time, writing about Britain's former colonies in Africa, but it underscores his white supremacy assumptions. Naturally, he and tRump will get along quite well.
Johnson certainly has staked his entire reputation (such as it is) and political future on being able to steer the UK through the Brexit mess, which will be at a critical juncture this fall. He doesn't necessarily have the confidence of his countrymen
, but they apparently thought he was the best option to get it done.
Here's hoping he doesn't break England in the process.