We all knew that Candidate Stupid was stupid when Vladdy Putin made him prznint, despite his admonitions that he was “like really smart.” Sure some people assumed that because he is a billionaire that there must be something going on in the ol’ gray matter, but then again, he was born on third base so maybe not so much a self-made man?
We at MPS argue that Comrade Trump, though very cunning and instinctual, is not very bright.
Remember when he heard really good things about Frederick Douglas:
How about that time he asked April Ryan to set up a meeting for him with the Congressional Black Caucus, and asked if the caucus members were “friends” of hers.
Or maybe that time Comrade Trump said to Hannity that
“I think I could have stopped [9-11] because I have very tough illegal immigration policies, and people aren’t coming into this country unless they’re vetted and vetted properly.”
Or perhaps when he discussed abortion and said…
Q: “Do you believe in punishment for abortion – yes or no – as a principle?”
A: “The answer is there has to be some form of punishment.”
Q: “For the woman?”
A: “Yeah, there has to be some form.”
But surely he cannot be a drooling moron, right?
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) is giving us some cause to doubt that The Donald’s intelligence is any bigger than his hands. Here’s just some of the things Comrade Prznint doesn’t understand according to Tiger Beat:
Several times in the first year of his administration, President Donald Trump wanted to call Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the middle of the afternoon. But there was a problem. Midafternoon in Washington is the middle of the night in Tokyo — when Abe would be fast asleep.
How to pronounce the names of countries
In one case, Trump, while studying a briefer’s map of South Asia ahead of a 2017 meeting with India’s prime minister, mispronounced Nepal as “nipple” and laughingly referred to Bhutan as “button,” according to two sources with knowledge of the meeting…
At times, he wings it with unfortunate results. Meeting with a group of African countries at the United Nations General Assembly last September, Trump, in public remarks, referred to the country of Namibia as “Nambia.” (Trump did impress some of his own aides in the meeting, however. “He did a very good job of saying Côte d’Ivoire,” said one.)
Trump’s apparent ignorance about world affairs, geography and leaders has also repeatedly emerged in internal staff meetings. Ahead of Indian Prime Minister NarendraModi’s June 2017 White House visit, Trump asked his national security aides whether Modi would be bringing along his wife. Staffers explained that Modi has long been estranged from his wife. “Ah, I think I can set him up with somebody,” Trump joked, according to two people briefed on the meeting.
…When Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte visited the White House last month, Trump congratulated him on his “tremendous victory,” even though the Italian had never campaigned for office or run in Italy’s election. (Conte was a compromise candidate by two parties who came out on top in the election.)
…At times Trump has done more than make ignorant slips: The Washington Post reported in January that he sometimes puts on an Indian accent and imitates the way Modi speaks. And in an infamous Oval Office remark in January that sparked a global furor, Trump branded several African nations, along with Haiti and El Salvador, as “shithole countries.”
Trump at times also betrays an ignorance of regional history and rivalries. During a meeting with Abe at Mar-a-Lago in April, Trump repeatedly praised Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to a former NSC official from a prior administration.
“Everyone was cringing because Japan and China are rivals, and the Japanese and the Chinese are nervous about the president tilting too far towards the other side,” that person said. A White House official said Trump explained to Abe that his relationship with Xi would be useful in dealing with North Korea and insisted it “wasn’t considered a negative” by the Japanese side.
OK, granted this article is like fishing in a barrel, and maybe full of cheap shots, but it does make it very clear that Comrade Trump has a steep learning curve and a flat IQ. Completely enjoyable it is, and how often do we ever say that about Tiger Beat?