And here we go again. Another book revealing what an irredeemable idiot our pr*sident is — and, of course, the people who really should read it won’t. Because, by and large, they don’t read.
The book, A Very Stable Genius, by Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol D. Leonnig, is chock-full of insanity and inanity. Just like everything Trump touches, blinks at, farts in the vicinity of, or casts his baleful, basilisk-like gaze toward. It was based on hundreds of hours of interviews with more than 200 sources, according to the authors.
Some excerpts, via The Washington Post:
“Hey, John, what’s this all about? What’s this a tour of?” Trump asks his then-Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, as the men prepare to take a private tour of the USS Arizona Memorial, which commemorates the December 1941 Japanese surprise attack in the Pacific that pulled the United States into World War II.
“Trump had heard the phrase ‘Pearl Harbor’ and appeared to understand that he was visiting the scene of a historic battle, but he did not seem to know much else,” write the authors, later quoting a former senior White House adviser who concludes: “He was at times dangerously uninformed.”
Early in his administration, for instance, Trump is eager to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin — so much so, the authors write, “that during the transition he interrupts an interview with one of his secretary of state candidates” to inquire about his pressing desire: “When can I meet Putin? Can I meet with him before the inaugural ceremony?” he asks.
“[Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson’s years of negotiating with Putin and studying his moves on the chessboard were suddenly irrelevant,” the duo writes. “‘I have had a two-hour meeting with Putin,’ Trump told Tillerson. ‘That’s all I need to know. . . . I’ve sized it all up. I’ve got it.’”
Some details are more harmless than disconcerting. Early in his presidency, Trump agrees to participate in an HBO documentary that features judges and lawmakers — as well as all the living presidents — reading aloud from the Constitution. But Trump struggles and stumbles over the text, blaming others in the room for his mistakes and griping, “It’s like a foreign language.”
And just in case you think Trump’s stupidity is somehow innocuous, guess again. The authors write that he once told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “It’s not like you’ve got China on your border.”
Modi was no doubt surprised to hear that. Because he does.
After Trump bungles his India-China geography and seems to dismiss the threat China poses to India, for instance, the authors write that “Modi’s eyes bulged out in surprise.”
“Modi’s expression gradually shifted, from shock and concern to resignation,” they continue, adding that one Trump aide concludes Modi probably “left that meeting and said, ‘This is not a serious man. I cannot count on this man as a partner.’”
After the meeting, the aide explains to them, “‘the Indians took a step back’ in their diplomatic relations with the United States.”
There’s lots more at the link. Enjoy. Or, well, what’s the opposite of “enjoy”? Oh, yes. Vomit. That’s more like it.