I’ve been remarking recently on examples of Trump’s stupidity, but really it’s more than that. When taken as a whole, Trump paints a picture of a man-child; a 12-year old stuck in a 70-year old’s body, who asks valid questions sometimes, but way later in life than they should have been asked and wonders why no one ever thought of it.
In a recent example, Trump bizarrely commented on the American Civil War in a radio interview with SiriusXM’s POTUS channel. “People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why?” he said. Well, actually, Mr. President, people have been asking “why” since 1861. I think we’ve mostly figured it out. Maybe if Trump had cracked a book some time in his life before the interview he would’ve known that. It’s almost as if he is just now discovering the richness of American history and he has to tell everyone about it, like a kid who’s just learned a new vocabulary word. Or like Trump himself when he remarked that most people didn’t know that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican (Mr. President, everybody knows that). He also speculated in the radio interview that Andrew Jackson could have prevented the Civil War had he been president during that time, which is something to wonder about but I think is a bit presumptuous. So, sure, all valid considerations, I guess– in middle school.
Trump also revealed in his inner man-child in the recent interview with John Dickerson in the Oval Office. When pressed about his Obama wire tap accusations Trump, abruptly ends the interview. He just said, “Okay, it’s enough. Thank you. Thank you very much,” went to his desk to pout while he pretended to shuffle through some papers. I’m sure those of you with kids would recognize this behavior.
So there you go, our man-child-in-chief. Ah, youth.