11 of the worst things that politicians from around the world have said this week

Greg Evans
Friday 07 August 2020 13:15
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Politicians are the people that we've put in charge of our society, to uphold the best values and say all the right things.

Technically.

In reality, we all know by now that isn't the case and we can barely rely on anyone to say anything that is remotely sensible or galvanising anymore, such is the world in 2020.

Not only do we have world leaders like Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Vladimir Putin and Jair Bolsanaro who seem to say things at the drop of a hat with little consequence, there are less high profile politicians who are often just as bad.

With that in mind, lets take a look at the worst things that politicians from around the world have been saying this week (Spoiler: It's still mostly about coronavirus).

Trump gives one of the worst interviews of his entire career

It really shouldn't be surprising when Donald Trump manages to make a fool of himself but even he will struggle to top his achievements from this week. From pronouncing the names of countries completely incorrectly to having more of his tweets censored for spreading misinformation the president has been on a roll, of the very worst kind.

However, the cherry on this rather embarrassing presidential cake was when Trump spoke to reporter Jonathan Swan of Axios, in what will probably go down as the single worst interview he'll ever give as president.

While trying to justify the coronavirus death rate, Swan noticed that Trump's figures were way off and did what any journalist should do and highlight just how ridiculous some of the things he is saying are which resulted in something resembling a sketch from The Thick of It.

Nigel Farage called 8 (yes, eight) people arriving in Britain an 'invasion'

No week in British politics would be complete without a classic bit of xenophobia from Nigel Farage.

As part of his ongoing crusade to stop migrants arriving in the UK on beaches in Kent, which mostly involves him filming a video of the people landing onshore and complaining about it, the Brexit Party leader posted a video on Thursday which he called a "shocking invasion on the Kent coast."

The video, which was far from shocking, involved not much more than 8 people, three of whom were children, getting off a dinghy and walking up a beach. If this is Farage's definition of an invasion we'd love to see what he'd make of what happened in Poland in 1939.

Iain Duncan Smith moans about Brexit Withdrawal Agreement that he voted for

Woe to be a Brexiteer who doesn't actually read the fine print of things they were voting for...

This is the situation that Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith found himself in earlier this week when he posted a series of tweets bemoaning the current EU Withdrawal Agreement, which he voted through the Commons last December.

Unfortunately for the former Tory leader, he didn't realise that the UK will be liable for around $160bn in loans that had previously been part of The European Investment Bank and the European Financial Stability Mechanism, once again proving that you should always read the fine print.

Boris Johnson and his cabinet have been relatively quiet this week but they did find the time to put their foot in it when the Cabinet Office tweeted a video on Wednesday where they said that it was now time to work with the European Union as equals, which kinda defeats the idea of Brexit altogether, doesn't it?

As bad as Donald Trump can be, Joe Biden can often do his best to show that even he can say some pretty dumb and racist stuff at times.

While speaking at the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists conference, Biden tried to explain why the Hispanic and Latino community is more diverse than the Black community which isn't a completely bizarre take.

Jair Bolsanaro tells Brazilians you will probably all get coronavirus anyway

Briefly moving away from Europe and the US, we travel to Brazil to see what their outspoken right-wing leader, Jair Bolsanaro has been saying.

As he overcomes a positive case of coronavirus, he gave an 'uplifting statement' to his people by basically saying that all Brazilians will get Covid-19 at some point.

Speaking during a visit to the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, the 65-year-old president said:

I'm in the high-risk group. I knew I was going to catch it someday, as I think unfortunately nearly everyone here is going to catch it eventually. What are you afraid of? Face up to it. I regret the deaths. But people die every day, from lots of things. That's life.

Wow.

David Davis said that the government shouldn't have listened to scientists on coronavirus

Staying with coronavirus, we head back to the UK where the former Brexit secretary David Davis raised eyebrows when he criticised his colleagues handling of the pandemic claiming they shouldn't have listened to scientists after the Home Affairs Committee’s found that the slow implementation of lockdown in March lead to a spread of the virus.

However, rather than blame the MPs, Davis blamed the scientists. Speaking to LBC's Tom Swarbrick, Davis said:

[The politicians had to] do a little more than just listen to the scientists on these things. They don’t know where the infection’s gone any more than you or I do.

Jeremy Hunt uses taxpayers' money to pay for his pub lunch

You might have seen a lot of discussions this week about the government's 'Eat Out to Help Out' campaign, Rishi Sunak's scheme to get the economy booming again by encouraging more people to eat at restaurants, despite there still being a pandemic going on.

One person who was happy to help out was the former health secretary Jeremy Hunt who shared a picture of his £56 lunch at a posh pub where he managed to get £50 off thanks to the scheme, which isn't really the best look from the government.

Republican mocks his own colleague for getting coronavirus

Earlier this week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine tested positive for coronavirus, which isn't really news in the United States at the moment as the pandemic is still running wild there.

Obviously no one wishes any ill upon DeWine, except maybe his fellow Republican. Ohio State Representative Nino Vitale took the opportunity to take a pop at DeWine, mostly because he doesn't believe that masks can prevent the spread of coronavirus, which isn't true at all.

Keir Starmer really wants you to know that he supports Arsenal

Much like his predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, Keir Starmer also supports Arsenal, but Corbyn didn't mention it anywhere near as much as Starmer does on Twitter.

Going back through the Twitter archive you can see that although he supports The Gunners he has thrown his enthusiasm behind teams like Manchester United, Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, albeit while reminding everyone who his team is.

DeAnna Lorraine thinks Cardi B can't rap

On Friday the highly anticipated collaboration between Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, WAP, was released and let's just say that it is very NSFW.

It's not gonna be for everyone, but one person who really took exception was former Congressional candidate and Trump supporter DeAnna Lorraine, which isn't a big surprise as she is a conservative and we wouldn't expect her to approve of empowered women talking about sex.

However, Lorraine thinks of herself as a bit of an expert on rap and said that Cardi B wasn't very good at her job.

Lorraine wasn't the only Republican criticising the song, as they were out in force.

Everything falls into place when you realise that Cardi B campaigned for Bernie Sanders and has been praised by Kamala Harris.

Haters gonna hate...

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