This is the Comically Sad Truth About Donald Trump’s Unparalleled Stupidity

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.

That’s Trump!

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.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Shpilkus

    This article is spot on. He’s too dumb to know how dumb he really is. There will be countless books written about the phenomenon of Trump and how he was able to squirm (didn’t want to use ‘con’) his way into the Oval Office. Bewildered historians will be analyzing this for generations. Trump’s heirs will be dealing with the stench of having the last name of ‘Trump’ on their mailboxes.

    • Pingy

      I agree! They might as well remove the T from their name.

  • Bonta-kun

    The amount that someone has to shout a statement from the rooftops is inversely proportional to the veracity of said statement.

    I call this Mousse T’s Law. If you want to know why, go find the song “Horny” by Mousse T vs Hot & Juicy and listen to the chorus.. “I’m Horny / Horny Horny Horny / SO Horny / Horny Horny Horny…” [repeat] …um. No, no you’re not…

  • Harriet Smith

    Trump and his cronies is a situation very close to “the king has no clothes”.

    • Shpilkus

      It’s EXACTLY the story of the King Has No Clothes. No one is allowed to tell him that he’s a fool and that he has no idea what he’s doing. They can only heap admiration and praise on him. Any criticism will get them fired. And the world roars with laughter at him—as well as Americans for allowing the country to be conned.

  • ReaderV

    Someone placed a photo of his Wharton class ranking on the web and facebook. I saw it by chance. T. is listed amoung the lower 1/8 of his graduating class according to the dated looking page in the photo.

    • Pingy

      Undoubtedly Trump hired people to write his papers or else he wouldn’t have even ranked in the lower 1/8th. Trump’s speech and writing does not reflect an Ivy League education, let alone 8th grade education.

    • Shpilkus

      The orange fool has bragged nearly non stop that he graduated Wharton TOP IN HIS CLASS. Just another easy/breezy Trump lie. He brags about how smart Jared Kushner is, but no one has ever heard him speak. My guess is that young Jared is a CIT (con in training).

  • Pingy

    Allen, I don’t use Facebook, so I really hope that you have the chance to read this. Once again, you totally nailed it. Two things… first, let me get this off my chest. I can’t wait ’til the day that Trump gets impeached and Rosie can go on national television and laugh maniacally into the camera and call him a LOSER and then lead a crowd in chanting “Lock Him Up!” Trump shamed her publicly and brutally for such a long time. Rosie’s so-called “crime” of criticizing him pales in comparison to the punishment he dished out. Trump didn’t take a sledgehammer to swat a fly, he took a machine gun to destroy her self image, her self esteem, her career, and even tried to destroy her personal life. He riled up his fans to hate her and spew the venom at her as well, and that was completely uncalled for. She later had a heart attack, and I’m convinced he was the cause of it. Second, what you sad about the White House Correspondent’s dinner “When he (Trump) 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.”

    My personal feelings on this — when I saw Trump’s reaction, him sitting there all red in the face staring straight ahead while Obama was mocking him, Trump was clearly angry. The whole room was laughing at him! At that moment, I swear that I actually read his mind (no joke!). What blew my mind later was to find out that others were reading his mind too. Because after he got elected, there were a few journalists that wrote about that very moment. They wrote that this is what they believe was the moment Trump decided to run for President. He knew this was the worst way he could get revenge on Obama. And that’s why he’s undoing and destroying all of Obama’s hard work,never mind if it hurts the nation. Trump with the nuclear codes is dangerous with all this talk of impeachment. His need for revenge is so great that when Congress decides to do it, he might just unleash his wrath on the world. I just pray that Congress is already considering this.

    • Shpilkus

      It’s very clear that Trump knows when he’s being mocked and ridiculed just based on the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. What do you think is going through his head now that virtually 100% of the people outside the US think he’s a useless fool and 70% of Americans have that same opinion? How does someone like himself wake up in the morning knowing the entire world pretty much despises him and sees his total incompetence.

      • Ira Zimmerman

        I wonder if he actually comprehends the consensus is that he is a moron of the highest order. He scans a crowd of jeering protesters, and THINKS they’re cheering him on, with his silly hat and his two thumbs up…

  • jazkeys

    This despicable, thin-skinned, hypocritical, pathologically lying, illiterate imbecile is little but our Feces-Flinger-In-Chief…and his ever-growing Gang Of Filth is no better.

  • Jussain, it looks like you jumped on here to defend Trump’s various nonsensical word salads by unleashing a real zinger of your own.
    In comparison to your intellectual output, Trump does compare favorably. Almost!
    But compared to the average 5th grader with ADD you both come up lacking.

  • Jildel

    oh.. the suffering under Obama- oh my… decrease in unemployment, increase in number of jobs, increase in stock market, saving the auto industry, on and on. oh.. the suffering.