Friday, September 23, 2022

Not the Moron He Seems to Be



According to Urban Dictionary, this phrase "was once a compliment turned insult. Meaning to be an insult to those who believe they are smarter than they truly are."


From galaxy brain to "dumbest person":

 

Arguably the most ethical individual on Twitter, head of the federal government ethics office from 1/13 to 1/17, goes "moron":


The video in the tweet below is longer, thus giving a little more context.

 


But Donald Trump is not mentally ill, a moron, dumb, or possessing of a galaxy brain.  A criminal justice expert and former federal prosecutor explained in August

All the statutes that were charged in the search warrant require that, in order to violate them, somebody has to act willfully, which normally means that they have some kind of improper intent, that it’s not just an honest mistake.

Note that in his interview with Hannity, Trump claimed

There doesn't have to be a process as I understand it. You know, there are different people that say different things but as I understand it, there doesn't have to be. If you're the President of the United States, you can declassify just by saying it's declassified- even by thinking about it. Because you're sending it to Mar-a-Lago or wherever you're ending it and there doesn't have to be a process.

There can be a process but there doesn't have to be. You're the President; you make that decision. 

There doesn't have to be a process; there doesn't have to be; you can declassify just by saying it's declassified; there doesn't have to be a process; there can be a process but there doesn't have to be.

Five times in the space of one statement, the former President maintained that a process for declassifying classified documents is unnecessary. If we didn't know a) that is completely preposterous; and b) when Trump moves his lips he's lying, we'd likely think that he believes he can just think it and it's done. Apart from the dishonest individual involved, it appears the actions were an honest mistake.

And then, recognizing that Attorney General Garland will consider the political, as well as legal, implications of pursuing an indictment against him, Trump lays down the hammer, remarking

There's also speculation because of the severity of what they did, the FBI coming in and raiding Mar-a-Lago, were they looking for the Hillary Clinton emails that were deleted but they are around someplace?...

And a lot of people said that the only thing that would give the kind of severity that they showed by coming in with many, many people is the Hillary Clinton deal, the Russia, Russia, Russia stuff or....

When in doubt, "but those emails." When cornered, "but those emails." Whenever, "but those emails."

"Strategy," it is thought, "describes the destination and how you are going to get there, and tactics describe the specific actions you are going to take along the way." Donald Trump's tactics seem dumb, immoral, or antithetical to mental health. They're absurd, ridiculous, or loathsome to all with concern about their fellow man and woman they're not personally fond of. But he has a strategy, and he keeps to it. It brought him the Republican presidential nomination and the presidency and has kept him relevant even after defeat,




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