We’ve likely had some stupid Presidents in the history of the nation. I’m sure we’ve had President’s before that were assholes. Never before though has one worn his stupidity and asshole nature as a badge of honor. There are so many examples but recently he’s talked about discarding the use of computers and instead using couriers. How could that possibly go wrong.
What I don’t think we’ve had to this degree are the number of surrogates who step forward after every Trump miscue to proclaim what a genius he is.
In some ways the Presidency is a relatively weak institution. The President can’t arbitrarily do a whole lot of things, he requires consent from Congress. One of the area’s where a stupid President could do a lot of damage is in foreign policy. As we watch Trump deny the hacking of his Russian friends and most recently taunt North Korea by twitter. It should be dawning on even his staunch supporters that this idiot is making the world a more dangerous place. In the last few months he’s said he’d attack Iranian small boats for making gestures at Navy Ships. He’s praised Russian for what any previous administration would have denounced. He’s criticized friends and allies and had his children in the room with foreign leaders that his family business is doing deals with. His answer is that “the President can’t legally have a conflict of interest.”
Republicans in Congress know he has no actual policies of his own. They’re more than happy to step in with their own policies which are the polar opposite of what Trump said he would do. Nobody believes his tax returns will ever be seen and it’s doubtful he’ll ever divest himself from his company. He tried to shut down his charity rather than face a fraud investigation but the Attorney General of New York wasn’t having it.
Assuming America has had stupid President’s before… we survived. We’re now testing the limits on just how stupid a person can be which he reminds us with every tweet. Then we get his surrogates and Republican leaders telling us he’s brilliant. Can we get just one little boy to point out the Emperor has no clothes? Or maybe Fred Sanford to call him a “big dummy!”
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