One story that’s been lost in the never-ending dumpster fire known as Donald Trump and his administration, is that there’s still a small, but very vocal, contingent of conservatives out there who loathe him nearly as much as anyone on the left does. Like us, they know he’s a fraud, a liar, unfit to be “president,” and they’re ashamed of what he’s doing to the Republican Party.
My only issue with that is, as much as I commend them for standing up to them, they seem rather oblivious to the fact that Trump is the modern day GOP. The only thing Trump did was identify the ignorance the party had spent the last few decades pandering to, appealed to that in ways no other Republican politician had ever tried (by flat-out lying with nearly every breath), and targeting that right-wing fan fiction propelled him to rock star status among millions of conservatives.
Unfortunately, for these last few moderate Republicans, many seem to be in denial about what the party they support has become. The only people Trump’s rise seems to have surprised was them. For most of us of the left, seeing a party that embraced unhinged lunatics like Sarah Palin, Louie Gohmert, Michele Bachmann, Steve King, and Ted Yoho — it wasn’t all that shocking to see them fall for Trump.
Nevertheless, I still like to give credit when I see conservatives, and especially those within the conservative media, doing what so many of their colleagues don’t have the courage to do: Standing up to, and calling out, Donald Trump.
Such as conservative columnist Max Boot, who went off on Trump in a column where he questioned his intelligence and mental capacity to even fulfill his duties as “president.”
Here are a few excerpts from that article, which can be read in full here:
I’m starting to suspect that Donald Trump may not have been right when he said, “You know, I’m like a smart person.” The evidence continues to mount that he is far from smart — so far, in fact, that he may not be capable of carrying out his duties as president.
The surest indication of how not smart Trump is that he thinks his inability or lack of interest in acquiring knowledge doesn’t matter. He said last year that he reaches the right decisions “with very little knowledge other than the knowledge I [already] had, plus the words ‘common sense,’ because I have a lot of common sense and I have a lot of business ability.”
How could Trump fire Comey knowing that the FBI director could then testify about the improper requests Trump had made to exonerate himself and drop the investigation of Flynn? And in case there was any doubt about Trump’s intent, he dispelled it by acknowledging on TV that he had the “Russia thing” in mind when firing the FBI director. That’s tantamount to admitting obstruction of justice. Is this how a smart person behaves? If Trump decides to fire the widely respected special counsel Robert Mueller, he will only be compounding this stupidity.
Trump supporters used to claim that sage advisors could make up for his shortcomings. But he is proving too willful and erratic to be steered by those around him who know better. As Maggie Haberman of the New York Times notes: “Trump doesn’t want to be controlled. In [the] campaign, [he] would often do [the] opposite of what he was advised to do, simply because it was opposite.”
The quote Boot uses from Haberman I especially like because it essentially confirms my stance that his moves to rollback or undo so many of Barack Obama’s policies aren’t driven by any actual knowledge about these policies, let alone any disagreements with them, but by his petty jealousy toward his predecessor. He can’t stand Obama, so he’s going to do everything he can do try to “erase” anything he did in office.
As I joked on Twitter yesterday, his “presidency” should really be called: If Obama was for it, I’m totally against it — because I’m a petty, immature, jealous man-child.
Boot also pointed out several other examples of Trump’s incompetence, including sharing classified information with Russian officials; calling out Qatar on Twitter apparently unaware that the nation is host to a U.S. air base critical for the fight against ISIS; his clear lack of understanding about the Paris climate agreement he pulled the U.S. from; and how he obviously doesn’t know what he’s talking about when he slams our NATO allies for not paying enough.
The sad and scary reality is, this country is currently being led by someone who is, in absolutely no way, qualified for the job. Not only does he lack the qualifications when it comes to even a basic understanding of how our government works or international affairs, but he’s not even mentally stable enough to be “president.” This is someone who, in my opinion, seems like he could be suffering from a litany of serious mental health issues. (I’m not a mental health professional, so take my opinion on that however you’d like.)
How much longer Trump’s in office is anybody’s guess, but I’ve gone on the record as saying that I’ll be shocked if he makes it a full four years. Heck, I’ll be fairly surprised if he’s still in office by this time next year.
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