Bad hair, buffoon, clown, erratic, impulsive, intemperate, self-absorbed to a fare-thee-well and full of b.s. No, I am not describing Donald Trump, although every one of these descriptors fits him like an oversized glove. Rather, these labels this time apply to Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (de Pfeffel!?), not Donald John “Covfefe” Trump.

The UK’s new prime minister is a “populist” in the reactionary Trump mold and aspires to a budding bromance with his across-the-pond mate that has the potential to reach the rarified atmospheres that only the unseemly love affair between the U.S. president and the North Korean butcher, Kim Jong Un, has thus far achieved.

In addition to all the negative traits these two gargantuan egotists share, they also hold the distinction of being elevated to office despite not receiving anywhere near the endorsement of a majority of their respective electorates: Trump lost the popular vote by a huge margin; Johnson was made prime minister because he won the leadership of Britain’s Conservative Party, garnering the votes of three-tenths of one percent of the British people. The other 99.7 percent were not permitted a say on who is to lead them in the plunge over the Brexit cliff into third-world status.

Other shared characteristics: Both (1) were born in New York City, (2) treat women like throwaway chattel, (3) are accomplished liars, (4) have long histories of racist tirades, and (5) profess admiration for Winston Churchill, a comparison beyond ludicrous. Worms can never become glowworms.

Although they both come from the moneyed elite of their respective countries, born with silver whatevers in their mouths, there are differences. Johnson is really smart, went to top schools — Eton and Oxford — and did very well. Trump weaseled a transfer into an Ivy League school through a family connection and likely performed so poorly that he panics and threatens a lawsuit every time there is a risk that his grades might be exposed. Johnson reads books and is an accomplished writer. Trump does not read at all and his unhinged and vulgar tweets indicate that negotiating the pathways of the English language is a major challenge for him.

There is great danger for Britain, Europe and the special relationship with the U.S. in having a would-be Trump, even one with a brain, at Britannia’s helm. At this juncture, it is unclear which of our two nations will be the first to plummet down the black hole already forming. The only sure thing is that there is such an abyss and that, if both Trump and Johnson stick around much longer, we’ll both get there eventually.

It is with both shock and sadness that those of us who live in what were once the two great bastions of democracy that joined forces to save the world, first from Fascism and then from Communism, must now bear witness to the distinct possibility of the sun finally setting on both the American Century and the British Empire.

Canandaigua Academy graduate Richard Hermann is a law professor, legal blogger, author of seven books and part-time resident of the Finger Lakes