Conservative Economist: Trump is ‘Least Intellectual President’ in a ‘Very Long Time’ (Video)

While I rarely agree with much Ben Stein has to say, he has been one of the few conservatives out there who hasn’t been afraid to say negative things about Donald Trump. I wouldn’t call him a “never Trump conservative,” but he’s certainly no Sean Hannity.



Take for instance comments he made during an interview with MSNBC’s David Gura where he said that Trump was possibly the “least intellectual” president this nation has ever had.

“Mr. Trump is probably the least intellectual president we’ve had in a very long time, maybe since Andrew Johnson,” Stein said. “It’s going to be very hard to tell him that he doesn’t know anything. This is a man who is a great man in many ways, but he doesn’t think there’s anything he doesn’t know and he doesn’t know better than anybody else.”

Stein did say he likes how Trump doesn’t “get pushed around by the media,” but he also stated that he feels his “America First” motto reminds him a lot of “pro-Nazi” propaganda.

I’ll agree with most of what Stein said except for his insistence that Trump doesn’t let himself get pushed around by the media. I’m not sure how it’s “standing up for yourself” by obsessively watching hours of cable news shows every morning — then rage-tweeting and whining about what you see, while calling any reports you don’t like “fake news.”

In fact, when it comes to the media, Trump’s been an absolute coward.

Sure, he has plenty to say about the media on Twitter, at one of his rallies, or in a place where reporters can’t respond to him. Like a true bully, Trump’s at his “most tough” when those he’s attacking can’t push back. However, for the most part, Trump’s flat-out refused to cooperate with any media outlet that won’t bow down and kiss his backside like Fox News. A person who was truly “standing up for themselves” wouldn’t be afraid to answer questions from reporters on networks like CNN, NBC News, ABC News, or CBS News.

Though Stein hit the nail on the head when he said Trump’s possibly the least intellectual “president” in this nation’s history.


My belief is that truly intelligent people are always wanting to learn from others. Even if you’re technically more intelligent than everyone else in a room, that doesn’t mean that you know more about everything than everyone there. Intelligent people realize that they’re always learning — always.

But not Trump.

It’s clear Trump feels that he’s the smartest person in every room that he’s in. Not only that, but he gets defensive, angry, and even hostile toward anyone who might dare “show him up” by pointing out that he’s wrong about something. He wants to be surrounded by “yes men” who tell him he’s great, intelligent, that everything he does is the best it has ever been done, and anyone saying otherwise is “fake news.”

I really do think that Trump’s mind is so incredibly warped and twisted that he doesn’t exist in the same reality as the rest of us. He acts like he truly believes his own lies and delusions.

That’s why I’ve said that Trump could have very well blatantly colluded with Russia but he might never feel that he did because, in his mind, everything he does — no matter how unethical, immoral, or even criminal — is always justified. He never does anything wrong because, well, he’s Donald J. Trump and he’s simply infallible. He’s the best and brightest person who’s ever lived.

Just ask him yourself.

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Watch his comments below via MSNBC:




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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