Many folks, myself included, have often described Donald Trump as the quintessential example of what would happen if your stereotypical “drunk, racist uncle” were ever elected “president.” Nothing but a loud-mouthed, incompetent blowhard who thinks they’re intelligent — but actually doesn’t know a damn thing.
Donald Trump isn’t “stupid” or “incompetent” in the way some felt George W. Bush was. For all his faults, our 43rd president at least understood how government worked. He understood the roles of his cabinet members, each department of our government, the importance of our relationships with our allies, and that being president carried with it certain responsibilities that extend beyond simply pandering to your supporters for cheap applause. George W. Bush wasn’t a good president, but at least he possessed the mental capacity to grasp what being president meant and could probably pass a basic social studies exam.
Conversely, I say with absolute confidence that if I handed this current “president” an 8th grade social studies exam, he’d fail it spectacularly. He obviously has no idea how our government works, seems to believe every branch of our government works for him, despises our system of checks and balances, and is doing his best to rule like an authoritarian dictator such as Vladimir Putin.
This “president” is legitimately incompetent.
For example, a recent report from the Associated Press that indicates Trump’s blaming the GOP’s loss of a Senate seat in Alabama on — wait for it — Jeff Sessions.
Well, apparently because Sessions had to leave his position in the Senate to become attorney general.
Trump continued his assault in a series of tweets in which he called Sessions “weak” and “beleaguered.” Privately, he discussed firing Sessions, but was met with a wave of resistance from his advisers. Some warned it would worsen the Russia probe, while Bannon told the president it would hurt with his base supporters, who loved Sessions’ tough-on-crime approach at the Justice Department.
Kelly, in his first weekend on the job, called Sessions to assure him his position was safe. But the rift between Trump and Sessions still has not healed. Recently, Trump bemoaned the Republicans’ loss in a special election in Alabama and in part blamed Sessions, whose departure from the Senate to head to Justice necessitated the election.
So, apparently still furious that Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, Trump’s, at least in part, blaming the current attorney general for accepting his nomination for that position because that opened up a Senate spot that eventually went to a Democrat — largely because the GOP nominated a credibly accused child molester.
This is a prime example of how simple, petty, and childish Trump is. Instead of blaming himself for choosing someone who was a United States senator to be his attorney general, he’s going to blame the person who accepted the nomination because, well, in the delusional Land of Trump, that’s what passes for “logic,” apparently.
While I’m sure Trump didn’t figure Republicans would lose a Senate seat to a Democrat, to blame Sessions for accepting his nomination for one of the top jobs in our government is easily one of the most absurd things I’ve ever heard. Though it just goes to show how twisted Trump’s mind is in that he will never… ever accept any blame for anything.
One can’t help but feel as if Trump’s blaming of Sessions is still tied to this “president’s” vengeful anger over the fact he couldn’t bully the current attorney general to quit, while his advisors pushed back heavily on his desire to fire him. Like the power hungry madman that he is — and the dictator he so wants to be — Trump’s tormented by the fact he can’t do whatever he wants, whenever he wants.
Personally, I can’t wait until next year’s midterm elections. I’m truly hoping the left unites and shows up in numbers unlike anything we’ve seen in recent history, hands Democrats massive wins all across this country and gains back power in Congress — then we can sit back and watch Trump lose it as he tries to grasp the reality that the entire country showed up and rejected him, his ideas, and his political party.
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