Trump And ScoMo's Bromance Is A Love For The Ages
Politics can be pretty grim sometimes.
All we seem to see is the sniping, the backbiting, the abuse and the cynicism. Wouldn’t it be nice if the political landscape we took in was one based more on simple virtues like loyalty, companionship, and -- yes I’ll say it -- love? Wouldn’t it be nice, in fact, to see politics at large transformed into what we’ve seen in the past few days in the USA, in the deep and inspiring friendship of Scott Morrison and Donald Trump?
Some might’ve thought that Morrison -- or “ScoMo” as his close friends such as Trump call him -- was only visiting America for a routine round of trade talks and photo opportunities. Instead, what we’ve seen is a demonstration of the incredible power that can come when two simple yet passionate men come together and find they share so much more than just a love of job creation.
Have a look at Donald and Scott as they frolic around the great nation of America. See them shake hands in that firm but tender way that speaks of mutual respect and affection. See Morrison’s expression of shy delight as Trump places a hand on his shoulder and proclaims his love of Australia.
See them revel in the heady atmosphere of commerce at Anthony Pratt’s box factory, where Pratt declared Morrison “the Don Bradman of Australian job creation” and Trump responded with sweet, loving confusion.
It didn’t matter that he didn’t know who Don Bradman was, or what cricket was, or precisely where on a map Australia might be: what mattered was that Scott Morrison was his friend, and they were together, and in each other’s company they found happiness. Even The New York Times recognised the significance of the Trump-Morrison relationship, celebrating the fact that the president, often seeming so lonely and sad, had found a friend.
Don’t you think it would be nice if there were more of this? If more world leaders, rather than constantly being at each other’s throats, were at each other’s sides, giving each other’s hands a reassuring squeeze and meeting their gaze with a friendly smile? Imagine what could be achieved if politicians everywhere looked to Trump and Morrison as an example, and sought to make politics about friendship rather than hostility?
I’m sure it can be done. All that’s needed is for leaders to try to find what they have in common, rather than what they differ on. Look at Scott and Donald: when they met in Washington they did not start off by seeking points of difference: they immediately bonded over common interests.
This can’t have been easy, as they come from vastly different backgrounds: Trump from the high-powered world of New York real estate, and Morrison from the low-powered world of unsuccessful tourism campaigns. You wouldn’t have thought you could find two politicians more different.
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But despite their differences, they worked to forge connections based on what they shared. Both men were delighted to find that the other also had an interest in detaining asylum seekers, and so the conversation flowed easily and naturally, moving onto other passions, like employment and the need for strong and decisive maintenance of the status quo on climate change.
I don’t mind confessing I had a tear in my eye when I saw these two great, manly men opening up and sharing their feelings about the primacy of economic growth. It’s only in true friendships that people feel free to be so vulnerable.
When you look at it this way, it seems incredible that more close friendships aren’t being made every day in politics. Here in Australia, for example, Liberal and Labor politicians always seem to be at each other’s throats, despite the fact that they have just as much in common as Trump and Morrison: after all they are all into stopping boats and helping out the business community. Isn’t it time that they too threw their arms around each other and declared that they were brothers?
As Australians, we can’t help but feel proud that one of our own has become so close to the leader of the free world. It isn’t easy to become friends with Donald Trump -- indeed, very few have ever managed it, showing just how high his standards are.
When we saw Trump stand before the world and declare Morrison “titanium man' -- testifying to our PM’s strength, low density, attractive silver sheen, and resistance to corrosion in chlorine -- we felt, for the first time in years, that Australia mattered.
Not that the friendship is one-sided. Like all great partnerships, there is give and take. For Morrison is as great a comfort to Trump as Trump is to him. It is good to know that in troubled times, when the president is assailed on all sides by hostile forces, there is one man willing to stick by his side through thick and thin.
Enemies may threaten impeachment, maligned conspirators may hint at dark conspiracies, the chattering classes may hurl accusations of criminal conduct, but ScoMo will always be there, backing Donald to the hilt. Because that is the essence of friendship: remaining loyal no matter what smears or allegations or publicly-available records of verified fact may come to light. As Australians we are proud that Donald has chosen Scott, but we can be even more proud that Scott has chosen Donald, and will forever be linked to him in the pages of history.
Please, if any politicians are reading this, consider my plea: reach out to your colleagues and offer them the hand of friendship. Say to them, whatever differences we may have, whatever squabbles we may have engaged in in the past, they are as nothing compared to what we share: a fierce and abiding commitment to exerting power over others. That can be the basis for a love that will endure through any electoral cycle.