I really don’t.
I also don’t ask it in a lame attempt to be funny or sarcastic.
I mean this seriously: Is Trump stupid?
I ask because I see him doing stupid things over and over again – things that are clearly, objectively and strategically detrimental to himself and his supposed desire to be president.
And who does that other than someone who is simply not that bright?
The most recent example is the most egregious. In an ABC interview, the Trumpster – responding to a stinging rebuke at the Democratic convention by Khizr Khan, a broken-hearted Muslim father whose son, Army Capt. Humayan Khan, was killed in Iraq – first seemed to brush aside Khan’s speech. Bad enough.
Then he doubled down by saying this about Khan’s wife, who stood next to him on stage: “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”
Then he tripled down, saying “While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr Khan, who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things.”
Then he quadrupled down, saying essentially “did too!” in response to the Khan’s assertion that Trump had never sacrificed anything for the war effort.
Trump’s idea of sacrifice: “I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”
Do you see what I mean? These are not the responses of someone with a high-functioning hippocampus. They’re just not. If you or I were running for president, we’d know:
- You don’t brush aside the grief of a Gold Star family, even if they oppose you. You simply say, as Trump’s campaign said later in a statement, “Captain Humayun Khan was a hero to our country and we should honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe. The real problem here are the radical Islamic terrorists who killed him, and the efforts of these radicals to enter our country to do us further harm.”
- You certainly don’t use their grief to stoke religious bigotry by broadly suggesting Muslim women are muzzled by their husbands.
- You don’t say someone has no right to criticize you – in the United States of America, for crying out loud – especially when Khan’s whole point was you’ve never read the Constitution. (Point. Set. Match.)
- You don’t equate someone giving their life for their country to you creating jobs.
The fact that a 70-year-old businessman running for president doesn’t know better than to do these things when they are highly likely to alienate just about everyone, even most of his supporters, suggests several possibilities:
One, that he really doesn’t want to be president and never did. It was a lark that went too far and this is his way of making sure he doesn’t win. Two, he’s secretly a Democrat in Republican clothing who is intentionally trying to lose.
Or three, he’s simply not nearly as smart as he’d like you to believe he is.
And if he’s not that bright, do we really want him in the White House?