The ‘ugly Amer­i­can’ reaches a new low in the high­est of­fice

The Buffalo News - - OPINION -

Fresh out of col­lege I spent a month and a half in Europe. Along the way I crossed paths with a young Amer­i­can cou­ple. He was what used to be called an ugly Amer­i­can.

When an Ital­ian couldn’t un­der­stand his English, he re­peated what he’d said more loudly. In a crowd he would talk dis­parag­ingly and loudly about, and some­times to, the Ital­ians he would en­counter, as­sum­ing that, not be­ing Amer­i­cans, they were too stupid to un­der­stand him. I didn’t stay with them any longer than I had to, and even now I like to think that he said some­thing ugly to the wrong per­son at some point in his trav­els.

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