It is an awkward time to be overseas as an American. Yet I have found the Danes to be either uninterested that Trump is the POTUS or too reserved to bring it up in conversation when I mention I am an American. Nevertheless, I find messages regarding trump and how the Danes currently view America scattered all over the city. If only it were a comforting reminder of home.
I was studying in Copenhagen for the first time in the summer of 2008. I had two common responses when I mentioned I was from Seattle and the US: (1) Oh, so you like Nirvana? And (2) What do you think about George Bush? I found everyone to be really engaged with American politics, especially concerning the War in Iraq. But perhaps that was because the GWB era was coming to an end and the future election was more suggestive. Now I get the impression that Danes do not care to even broach the topic because the Trump era has only just begun.
Truthfully, I hear a number of Danish conversations echoing Donald Trump's name. It is a uniquely American name that is glaringly apparent in a slur of Danish verse. But the conversations appear guarded and resolutely internalized for fear of confrontation with a visiting American. On the occasion where I have talked about Trump with a Dane, they have explained to me their hesitation to discuss it with Americans because they don't know whether we voted and/or support Trump and his brash actions. I have to reassure them that had I voted for Trump, that would make me an isolationist and certainly be resolute back at home. I doubt any Trump supporters would be openly willing to travel and live abroad in a happily socialist nation such as Denmark.
The hair and the sushi. Translation: What's the difference with Trump and salmon sushi? This sushi (whatever this vendor's advertisement is for) is certified as responsible and a friend of the sea. Even they're bumpersticker ads are graphically on-point and comically brilliant.