Germany overtakes U.S. as country with best international image because, you know, no Nazis
When Donald Trump was running for president, he said we needed to restore our global reputation. Except he didn’t say it that way. He said, “Everyone is laughing at us and our desperate and transparent attempts to please our abusive late father, not to mention our urgent need to compensate for our perennially flaccid micropenis.” There may have been some projection going on there. Who knows?
Well, now we have a real metric to show that, contrary to Trump voters’ greatest hopes, respect for the United States has actually eroded since the dawn of the planet of the derps.
Here’s how CNN's Doug Criss put it:
The United States lands with an overall No. 6 ranking in the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index, which measures 50 nations in multiple categories, including governance, exports, culture, people, tourism and immigration/investment. The United States was the overall No. 1 in 2016, but Germany took the top spot this year.
The source of America's big drop? President Donald Trump, says Simon Anholt, a political consultant who developed the brand survey more than a decade ago.
"We are witnessing a 'Trump effect,' following President Trump's focused political message of 'America First,' " Anholt said in a statement.
Anholt noted that despite the big drop in the overall ranking, Americans interviewed for the survey actually had a more positive assessment of their country than they did last year.
And this year isn't the first time that the United States has experienced such a big drop in the survey. Anholt said the nation saw a "similar fall in global perception" after the re-election of President George W. Bush in 2004. The US fell to No. 7 then.
So everyone in the world thinks Americans are a big joke now, except for Americans.
Yeah, that sounds about right.