MPs speak their mind on 'dangerous' and 'narcissistic' Donald Trump
The House magazine spoke to Conservative, Labour, SNP and Lib Dem MPs.
Donald Trump is a “dangerous”, “narcissistic”, “trigger happy”, “protectionist”, “buffoon” who is “unfit to run a bath let alone a country”, according to various MPs.
Ahead of the US presidential election on 8 November, The House magazine spoke to 50 MPs, weighted to reflect the make-up of different political parties, to ask their views on the Republican and Democratic candidates.
The vast majority of respondents supported the idea that Trump would damage security, with 64% (and 40% of Conservatives) saying the world would be “much more dangerous” with him in the White House. No MPs believed the world would be any more dangerous under Hillary Clinton's leadership and 82% said her experience as a senator and secretary of state would lead to improved global security.
Most of the 50 MPs surveyed spoke on the condition of anonymity – mainly so they didn’t have to pull their punches.
One senior Labour frontbencher said: “Trump is the most grotesque manifestation of populism driven by discontent worldwide. Clinton is uninspiring.”
A member of the government said: “Trump’s so unpredictable he could do something really quite radical and dangerous. Whatever you think of Clinton, she is a professional politician.”
But some MPs did go on the record to criticise Trump.
“Trump seems to be a sociopath,” said former Labour frontbencher Chris Bryant.
“He betrays all the symptoms of a person who has come to believe his own conspiracy theories and so admire his own power and celebrity that he can no longer see truth when it’s slapping him in the face.”
Bob Neill, the Conservative chairman of the Justice Select Committee, said: “I don’t trust his finger on the [nuclear] button.”
Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi added: “My problem is with his temperament. He’s far too thin-skinned.”
Others MPs such Labour’s Siobhan McDonagh praised the Democratic nominee.
“I have my fingers and toes crossed for Hillary, because it would mean so much to a group of people who are ignored – middle aged women,” she said.
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