Donald Trump’s latest reposte by tweet to people who would doubt his cognitive abilities, in which he declared himself a “very stable genius” has resulted in yet greater disparagement of his oft-touted mental prowess. Now former Labor Secretary Robert Reich has jumped on board with his analysis of Trump’s mind. RawStory:
In it, [the book “Fire And Fury”] National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster calls Trump a “dope.” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus both refer to him as an “idiot.” Rupert Murdoch says Trump is a “f—king idiot.”
Trump’s chief economic adviser Gary Cohn describes Trump as “dumb as sh-t,” explaining that “Trump won’t read anything — not one-page memos, not the brief policy papers; nothing. He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored.”
When one of Trump’s campaign aides tried to educate him about the Constitution, Trump couldn’t focus. “I got as far as the Fourth Amendment,” the aide recalled, “before his finger is pulling down on his lip and his eyes are rolling back in his head.”
Reich discounts all of the hyperbole about how brilliant a student Trump was at Wharton and goes on to cite biographer Gwenda Blair who says that Trump got into the University of Pennsylvania due to a friendly admissions officer who owed Trump’s older brother a favor; not to mention that one of Trump’s professors called him, “The dumbest goddamn student I ever had.” However, Reich is of the opinion that Trump possesses a different kind of intelligence.
Emotional intelligence is a concept developed by two psychologists, John Mayer of the University of New Hampshire, and Yale’s Peter Salovey, and it was popularized by Dan Goleman in his 1996 book of the same name.
Mayer and Salovey define emotional intelligence as the ability to do two things – “understand and manage our own emotions,” and “recognize and influence the emotions of others.”
It’s in the latter category where Trump shines, as a pre-eminent con man, knowing exactly the same things about human nature that snake oil salesmen and shamen have known throughout the ages.
Trump manipulated banks into loaning him money, and students into paying tuition to his useless university. Trump is the ultimate builder of dream castles that somebody else foots the bill for.
Trump is the pied piper for the misanthropic and the lost. He persuaded 62,979,879 to vote for him with his lies about Muslims, Mexicans, Hillary, you-name-it and how he, the Great Trump was going to fix everything for them. More dream castles in the sky. His gauche vulgarity and excess may mesmerize the normal minded and cause us to ask, jaw droppingly, what is wrong with these people? What is wrong? They’re enraged and they’re totally lost, that’s what’s wrong. And what is really wrong is that they are totally alienated from their government. They feel that their government is a thing apart from themselves, that their government doesn’t care, and that they cannot affect their government. Donald Trump is the first person to come along in their entire lives making any kind of sense to them, with his 200 word vocabulary, articulating their rage. Just like the Howard Beal character in the movie, “Network.” Trump is the, “messianic jedemiah, articulating the rage of the common man,” as the Faye Dunaway character put it. It’s as simple, and as terrifying in it’s import, as that.
Trump’s inaugural speech was dark, militant, and paranoid. He repeated all of the themes that he lied about during the campaign to the nation that day and he continues to con so many, who even when the curtain is pulled aside and it’s revealed that the Wizard is just some small white haired man, will refuse to believe it. Trump’s supporters are a bunch of lobotomized Luke Skywalkers, muddling through life “trusting their feelings,” and voting for Donald Trump because of the dog whistles he blew and the emotional triggers he pulled.
Trump does less than any other president in history, taking incredible amounts of “Executive Time” which in his case translates as teevee and twitter. This political conman who lied his way into the Oval Office is a kind of idiot savant because of his gift for tapping into the irrational fear that exists in the darkest recesses of the cultural psyche, his ability to extract it, and then mainline it back into his voters again, and again like a drug. That is how he built his popularity with one outrage after another, by tapping into the reptilian brain and unthinking, emotional response of his voters.
Apart from this one narrow skill of Trump’s, he is utterly stupid in every other way and as Reich opined, he poses a clear and present danger to America and to the world.
The 25th Amendment must be invoked.