The “very stable genius” presidency

 

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An excerpt from Wolff’s Fire and Fury. h/t Kyle Griffin

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“Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book. He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!”

That’s the President of your United States, grudge-tweeting late Friday night from Camp David. He ostensibly holed-up there with Congressional leaders to make plans for our future. Instead he’s online, whining about Wolff’s new book, Fire and Fury, which paints the president as a childish tantrum-thrower lacking impulse control.

We don’t need a book to tell us the president is infantile. He proves it almost daily on Twitter. If the president had any other job — teacher, office manager, police officer, nurse, grocery clerk, programmer, construction foreman — his public degradations and hissy fits would be grounds for immediate termination.

Yet his toadies inexplicably cheer him on — “Trump Train, woo hoo!” — with their ever-vague “Make America Great Again!” mantra. Which means what exactly?

Meanwhile, the president has not held a proper news conference in 11 months. He does not talk to the American people. He tweets.

What might a real president have done this weekend instead? He might have expressed his profound respect and sadness that the body of 20 year old Spc. Avadon A. Chaves, who died in Iraq, was returned to his family for burial. He could have told the heroic story of Private Emmanuel Mensah, home for the holidays, who rescued 4 neighbors from an apartment fire and died while trying to save more. He could have thanked the family of Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, gunned down in an Afghanistan firefight on New Year’s Day, for his service and their sacrifice.

But as usual, he was too busy staring in the proverbial mirror, tweeting about his own bruised ego.

Come Saturday morning, the president had still not let the Wolff book go, tweeting, “Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star…..to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”

Is this what making America great looks like? A grown man name-calling, belittling, and threatening everyone from Steve Bannon to North Korea?

A senior Trump aide recently told The Daily Beast, “It’s a running joke [in the West Wing] that nuclear war could start from the private residence during Fox primetime.”

Nuclear war.
A running joke.
In the White House.

This is the man you trust to send your kids to war?

His Make America Great Again slogan is nothing but a long con. America was great long before Donald Trump arrived, and this “very stable genius” continually disgraces the Oval Office, proving himself both dangerous and a global embarrassment.

Maybe it’s time we stop clutching our pearls about athletes kneeling before a football game and start demanding our president put down his phone, and grow up.

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