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Watch: Jean-Claude Juncker threatens to promote the break-up of the USA

30 March 2017

6:35 PM

30 March 2017

6:35 PM

He’s unstable. He’s an irrational hothead who is by some freak a president. And his inability to control his mouth is endangering world peace. I’m talking about Jean-Claude Juncker, of course, who just said that if Donald Trump carried on supporting Brexit, he would ‘promote the independence of Ohio and Austin, Texas, in the United States of America.’

Wow, as they say on Twitter every time Trump says something silly, just wow. Juncker’s defenders, like the Donald’s defenders, will say he should be taken literally but not seriously — he’s just kidding.

But at some point the joke goes too far. Here’s what Juncker said in full: ‘Brexit isn’t the end. A lot of people would like it that way, even people on another continent where the newly elected US President was happy that the Brexit was taking place and has asked other countries to do the same. If he goes on like that I am going to promote the independence of Ohio and Austin, Texas in the US.’ It’s hard to exaggerate how wrongheaded that statement is. For starters, Donald Trump has not asked other countries to exit from the EU. He has applauded Brexit and, in an admittedly provocative way, warned Brussels that other countries may do the same. Now Juncker has gone one step further in provocation, and suggested that Brussels might support the break up of the USA. It’s all very funny — but where will it all end? 

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