“A Stable Genius”

If you read the blog regularly, you know that I loathe Donald Trump. You can infer from that my delight at the field day CNN, MSNBC and other cable news stations are having with Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury. I love every dishy demeaning detail, and whether or not every incident cited in the book is true, the narrative as a whole feels authentic and fits what we see from Trump every day.

I have to say that Trump’s tweet having to assert that he is a stable genius is the oddest remark I’ve heard from a president in my lifetime. David Frum, writing for the Atlantic, says that Trump has gone full Fredo — an allusion to the hapless third brother in The Godfather, the one who had to constantly assert that he was smart. At least, says Frum, the fictional Corleone mob family knew they had to keep Fredo away from the levers of power.

A really important nugget, again not new but significant, is that Trump doesn’t read, has to have short briefings delivered verbally and with a lot of pictures. I hope the press keeps hammering questions about that to Stepford Sara Huckabee Sanders, because it’s pretty hard to defend. And the book, with all its details, clearly has gotten under Trump’s skin. Let’s keep picking at the wound, in the snarkiest tone imaginable, and see what happens.

2 thoughts on ““A Stable Genius”

  1. “Stable genius” – what a hoot! Did you notice the deadpan looks of those standing around him while this drivel was coming from his mouth? It looked like they would much rather be elsewhere. However, they get what they deserve by supporting Trump.

  2. for Phyllis: I did, and I absolutely agree — they looked as if they were terrified at what Trump might say next.

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