Sour grapes appear to be in season throughout the European continent nowadays.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced Thursday that he will promote the secession of Texas and Ohio from the United States if President Donald Trump doesn’t stop his pro-Brexit and anti-European Union rhetoric.
Really? That’d be one heck of a trick if he could actually pull it off.
Clip via the Express
Juncker made this remarks at a meeting of leaders of the center-right European People’s Party in Malta Thursday. He said that despite the wishes of people like Trump to see an end to the European Union, Brexit will not lead two its breakup.
“Brexit isn’t the end. A lot of people would like it that way, even people on another continent where the newly elected U.S. President was happy that the Brexit was taking place and has asked other countries to do the same,” he said.
“If he goes on like that I am going to promote the independence of Ohio and Austin, Texas in the US.”
Although one reporter claimed to have heard a few chuckles after Juncker’s comments, he appeared to be dead serious when making them. The Express reported:
The remarks are diplomatic dynamite at a time when relations between Washington and Brussels are already strained over Europe’s meagre contributions to NATO and the US leader’s open preference for dealing with national governments.
They are by far the most outspoken intervention any senior EU figure has made about Mr Trump and are likely to dismay some European leaders who were hoping to seek a policy of rapprochement with their most important ally.
Politico’s report on Juncker’s warning shot stirred lots of commentary on social media.
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“If he goes on like that I am going to promote the independence of Texas,” Juncker said of Trump’s remark https://t.co/aeqdllTaO2
— POLITICO Europe (@POLITICOEurope) March 30, 2017
@POLITICOEurope How much plonk had Plonker Juncker taken at the time?
— Tommy Johnston (@Tommy_Johnston1) March 30, 2017
@POLITICOEurope /Hey ya we are independent already and own our state no Yanks control here
— John McDoe (@johnx1doe) March 30, 2017
@POLITICOEurope California is far more likely to secede than Texas. ?
— Iván Farías ? (@ifapel) March 30, 2017
The California observation was probably more wishful thinking than anything. Even Jonathan Arnott, a British member of the European Parliament, wondered if Junckers had taken leave of his senses.
Why would Ohio want to leave the USA? The USA is a nation; the EU isn’t (whatever its out of touch leaders want).https://t.co/31tAQiAjIA
— Jonathan Arnott MEP (@JonathanArnott) March 30, 2017
And the comments continued pouring in.
— Sue O’Connor (@Figureof8haha) March 30, 2017
— nbinsider (@nbinsider63) March 30, 2017
@JonathanArnott Juncker always has been and always will be an incompetent drunken bum. He proves it every time he opens his mouth.
— Paul K (@paul_kitching) March 30, 2017
— maria tantardini (@byrnegillian74) March 30, 2017
And it wouldn’t be complete without a word from Brexit leader and Trump supporter Nigel Farage.
Juncker has made a complete fool of himself again. The USA was formed by consent while the EU is being imposed. https://t.co/4XkgaQG56w
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) March 30, 2017
The Brexit movement was prompted, in part, by the vast migration of refugees from the Middle East to Europe, a move hailed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel but condemned by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
“We Central Europeans expect that — if things continue like this — there will be a dominant Muslim presence in Western Europe,” Orbán said, according to Politico. “Migration turned out to be the Trojan Horse of terrorism.”
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