Donald Trump, who this week is in Scotland hyping his golf course there rather than campaigning in the United States, has cheered the British electorate's decision to say goodbye to the European Union. The presumptive GOP nominee tweeted, "Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!" (Of course, he missed the key point that the Scots favored remaining in the EU, and they were going wild with despair.) He also tweeted, "Getting ready to open the magnificent Turnberry in Scotland. What a great day, especially when added to the brave & brilliant vote." And in a Facebook post, Trump praised the UK voters for having "declared their independence from the European Union" and for voting "to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy." He compared a vote for Brexit to a vote for Trump, asserting that American voters "will have the chance to reject today's rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people. I hope America is watching."
Trump, who recently did not seem to understand Brexit, saw this political development as a matter ripe to exploit, siding with the victorious Leave crowd against elites and the status quo. (He also exclaimed that the falling pound triggered by the vote would be good for business at his Turnberry golf resort.) But -- wait for it -- Trump was not always a fan of breaking apart the European Union. In fact, not long ago, he was hailing the need for European economic cohesion.