Using colorful exaggerations are commonplace in writing. However, when I call Donald Trump an idiot, I’m not using hyperbole. I absolutely believe that he’s a bona fide imbecile who’s gotten as far as he has in life mostly due to the advantages he was handed coming from a wealthy family — and because he’s a masterful salesman and con artist.
That being said, there’s one trait that always stands out to me: Donald Trump is so incredibly ignorant, he’s too delusional about his own lack of intelligence to understand exactly how stupid he truly is.
I believe a sign of intelligence is a person’s desire to want to constantly learn from others. In my opinion, often the person who thinks they’re the smartest person in the room is usually the dumbest. Even incredibly brilliant people like Bill Gates, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Stephen Hawking are constantly wanting to learn more from their peers and the world around them. They’re constantly driven to seek out new ideas and information.
Oh, but not Donald J. Trump. In his world, he is almost always the “smartest person in the room.” Just look at how often he brags about his self-described “intelligence”:
I was a good student. I comprehend very well, okay, better than I think almost anybody.
Like every time I say I had an uncle who was a great professor at MIT for 35 years who did a fantastic job in so many different ways, academically — he was an academic genius — and then they say, is Donald Trump an intellectual? Trust me, I’m like a smart person.
I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.
I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things. … I know what I’m doing and I listen to a lot of people, I talk to a lot of people and at the appropriate time I’ll tell you who the people are. But I speak to a lot of people. My primary consultant is myself, and I have, you know, I have a good instinct for this stuff.
I went to the Wharton School of Business. I’m, like, a really smart person.
I went to an Ivy League school. I’m very highly educated. I know words, I have the best words.
In my experience, at least most of the time, people who constantly brag about their supposed “intelligence” aren’t very bright. That’s why they feel the need to brag about it in the first place.
Yet when it comes to Trump, there’s comical irony in the way he boasts about being a “smart person.” He does so in ways that sound as if they were being said by a spoiled, arrogant 9-year-old with a limited vocabulary.
Dealing in politics, I encounter people who have a similar mindset as Trump does about their own “intelligence” all of the time. Individuals who’ll send me messages littered with misspelled words, no hint of proper sentence structure, improperly using words like you’re/your or they’re/there/their, calling me an idiot or ranting on about what a “dummy” Barack Obama was.
These types of folks are so ignorant that they truly believe they’re the intelligent ones.
This is a man who was coddled and spoiled as a child. Then, as an adult, he surrounded himself with people who fed his ego and told him how amazing he was at everything he did. This created a person whose view on the world is so completely warped that he lacks the ability to understand that he’s not a very bright person. But he’s so incredibly ignorant, and people around him have spent most of his life lying to him, that he truly believes he “comprehends better than almost anybody,” that he has a “very good brain,” and he’s a “really smart person.”
He’s like the Billy Madison of politics.
It’s one of the reasons why I’ve found the situation with James Comey so interesting. When Trump fired him, it never even crossed his mind that Comey was more intelligent than he was. That’s why he’s lashing out at him on Twitter, calling him names like “coward,” trying to undermine his credibility — he’s ticked off Comey outsmarted him by immediately documenting what was said during their conversations.
The same thing could be said about his hatred for Barack Obama. No matter how hard he tried to “get at” Obama, Trump could never do it. In his mind, he couldn’t stomach the fact that, as “smart” as he thinks he is, a man he clearly viewed as inferior (probably largely because of his race), he couldn’t beat. When he had to sit there during the White House Correspondents Dinner and quietly watch as Barack Obama mocked him basically to his face, I bet that was pure torture.
Conspiracy after conspiracy, lie after lie, Trump did just about everything he could to try to defeat Obama in 2012 (except, of course, run against him because he was too much of a coward). When Obama won his re-election, Trump had an absolute meltdown on Twitter.
That’s why many of Trump’s “policies” are almost the direct opposite of whatever Obama supported. Since Trump couldn’t “defeat” someone he clearly felt was beneath him, but was really just jealous of, he’s going to spend his time in office doing his best to effectively “erase” Obama’s presidency. Not because he necessarily disagrees with everything Obama did or supported, but because he’s so petty he wants to undo as many of his accomplishments as he can for no other reason than spite.
Personally, I still love the fact that it eats away at Trump knowing his inauguration crowd was much smaller than Obama’s and that Hillary Clinton received 3 million more votes than he did. I have no doubt that both of those facts haunt him, if not every single day — most of them.
The sad irony of Donald Trump is, he only thinks he’s as “intelligent” as he frequently brags about being, because he’s too ignorant to know just how incredibly stupid he really is. Sadly for our country (and the rest of the world) his Republican handlers are perfectly content enabling his stupidity every step of the way.