Donald J. Trump cares about one thing and one thing only — Donald J. Trump. He doesn’t care about the feelings or values or traditions of any one person or culture. He cares about his own comfort and happiness, and that’s about as far as it goes.
Given that he has just landed in Japan for this year’s G20 Summit, we thought we’d revisit the time he made that strikingly clear and angered a lot of traditionalists in the process when he forced officials to toss their tradition for his own personal comfort during his recent four-day visit to Japan.
Trump presented a trophy bearing his name to the champion of a major sumo wrestling tournament at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Hall in Tokyo. But he refused the age-old tradition of sitting cross-legged on a cushion to watch the match and instead opted for a ringside seat — which blatantly ignores the nation’s customs and had many purists upset that Donald thinks his personal comfort is more important than the rituals and traditions of the sport.
Trump’s chair, of course, was seated in the most prized area that encircles the ring which traditionally features flat cushions known as zabuton.
Reuters reported that one fan, Masaru Tomamoto, 73, said, “I also want to sit on a chair as we watch sumo wrestling. But if (Trump) watches a Japanese traditional sport, sumo, I think that it would be much better for him to sit cross-legged with the cushion on the floor, rather than on a chair.”
Another fan, Izumi Chiba from Sapporo, stated, “As we say when you are in Rome, do as the Romans do.”
At least, due to security concerns, no one had to sit very close to the president as he perched himself on his comfy chair, considering about one-eighth of the 11,000 seats available have been reserved for the president. Approximately 1,000 people with ringside seats were vetted by security and the sale of canned beer in the front section was banned.
Can you imagine sitting near Trump, watching him be a colossal dick to your customs, and not even be able to drink?!
Let’s just cross our fingers that he doesn’t pull some shit as disrespectful as this again.
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