In a series of late night / early morning tweets, President Trump, has turned his thoughts to William Shakespeare, branding The Bard of Avon as ‘Just some crazy Limey who wrote mumbo-jumbo and junk that nobody can understand.”
Commenting on Much ado about nothing Mr Trump tweeted, “Wow ain’t that just the truth. A total waste of time. FACT.” In another rather petulant post he asks, “Say! Who the hell was this Henry guy? 7 goddamn plays about him when surely 1 would’ve been enough. WOW!” And commenting on All’s well that end well his verdict was “I thought that bunch of crap was never gonna end at all.”
However, unsurprisingly the great and the good of British cinema and theatre have been flocking to Twitter all day to defend, as some say, Britain’s greatest ever writer.
Paraphrasing Shakespeare, Sir Kenneth Branagh tweeted: “The mind boggles at depth of this man’s total ignorance – what’s more me think he doth protest too much!” And speaking on the BBC Lunchtime News Sir Ben Kingsley was dismissive of Mr Trump’s credentials as a Shakespearean critic, he told Sophie Raworth: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. However Trump has not got one jot of greatness about him, nor even half a brain for that matter. He is ignorance personified. Quite simply, madam, he is a buffoon and dolt!”
But whether you love him or hate him perhaps the last word on this should go to Shakespeare himself.
Life is but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.