Most people who follow me are probably aware of the fact that I don’t think Donald Trump is a very intelligent person. In fact, I think he’s a simple-minded buffoon who has no idea how our government works and probably couldn’t pass a middle school-level Social Studies exam. That’s rather terrifying when you think about the fact that when I say that, I’m talking about the current “President” of the United States.
He is, without a doubt, the most incompetent and unfit “president” this nation has ever had.
Sadly, like other elected Republicans, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) seems to think there’s nothing wrong with Trump’s ignorance or incompetence — just as long as he understands the “principle” behind what Congress is doing.
No, seriously, he actually said that.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson, Cassidy was asked about a rather incoherent statement Trump said during an interview with The New York Times where he said the following:
So pre-existing conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you’re 21 years old, you start working and you’re paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you’re 70, you get a nice plan. Here’s something where you walk up and say, “I want my insurance.” It’s a very tough deal, but it is something that we’re doing a good job of.
That’s just pure gibberish.
The fact that he seems to think you can get health insurance for $12 per year is absurd. Normally I’d dismiss this as nothing more than a gaffe, but as incompetent as Trump has proven himself to be time and time again, it wouldn’t shock me if he really believes people can purchase health insurance for $12 a year.
“The statement is a little confusing,” Jackson stated. “Does he get the intricacies of what you guys are discussing in the Senate?”
“First, I think the president is about broad principles,” Cassidy responded. “And how I receive his statement, obviously premiums are lower for those who are younger. And you have to have them lower because the person graduating from college doesn’t have very much money. And as we age, premiums will rise in price, but so does our need for insurance.”
It’s good to know that Cassidy at least seems to believe Trump understands one of the most basic things about health insurance: It’s typically cheaper for younger people.
But Jackson didn’t let him off the hook with that non-answer.
“So, in your conversations with him, do you think the president understands the political, the policy intricacies of this bill?,” she asked.
“I don’t think it’s important for him to understand the policy intricacies of this bill,” Cassidy insisted. “What’s important for him is to understand the principle. His principle is there should be a replace associated with repeal. And during the campaign he consistently said he wanted to continue coverage for those who had, cover pre-existing conditions, eliminate mandates and lower premiums. Those are very good principles.”
To put that in another way, Cassidy seems to think it’s okay for Trump to be completely incompetent and ignorant just as long as he understands the “principles” behind something.
Let that really sink in for a moment.
When asked if he feels the current “president” understands how health care works, a Republican congressman actually said he doesn’t think a “president” needs to know such things — as long as he understands the “principle” behind the bill.
That’s like saying it’s okay if a CEO has no idea what his company does, or how it operates, just as long as he understands the “principles” behind how it all works.
This is how desperate Republicans have become trying to defend the indefensible. Now they’re making the argument that it’s not important for a “president” to understand how the laws or bills they want signed into law actually work, just as long as they supposedly understand why they’re important.
As I’ve said so many times since Donald Trump launched his campaign over two years ago — you can’t make this stuff up.
Watch his comments below via MSNBC by way of Raw Story:
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