Monday, February 20, 2017

What Do You Call Someone Too Stupid To Understand TV?

The speculation raised by a few people such as the great Samantha Bee that Donald Trump may, in fact be illiterate would seem to be setting the bar rather higher than he can reach.  Even if he could scribble out his name and might be able to read a basal reader, it would appear he can't even achieve the ability to get what he sees on brain-challenged cabloid TV aimed at  attracting and duping the lower end of the intelligence level.

On Sunday, Trump took to Twitter to explain: "My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden." A White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, says that Trump was talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general, not referring to a specific issue.

Only, he did assert there was a "specific issue" in his speech to his dangerously, willfully addled and adoring fans.   

The previous president who was believed might have had the lowest level of reading ability was the dreadful Andrew Johnson who was almost removed by impeachment*.   You wonder how stupid Donald Trump would have to prove himself to be before the Republicans would remove him from office even as he embarrasses and shames and discredits the country as he does horrific damage to it and the world. 

*  Having recently looked at a book I haven't picked up in about fifty-five years, Profiles in Courage, I'm far less than impressed with the thinking of John Kennedy.  One of the stupidest of the profiles, after the entirely loony one on Robert Taft, is the one on Edmund Ross of Kansas, romanticized as having acted out of principle and courage in keeping one of our worst presidents in office.   

I can't help but think it's related to his brother, Ted and his daughter, several decades later,  giving Gerald Ford a "Profiles in Courage" award for furthering the horrible permission for presidents to get away with high crimes without worrying about a trial. 

I have to say that, as I get older and think more, the lower John Kennedy has gone in my opinion, though compared to what we've gotten used to in the past several decades, he was a giant. Perhaps if they'd started impeaching presidents with Andrew Johnson we might have avoided a lot of that. 

Update:  Simps is in a swivet over this post because I once pointed out that 24 promoted the idea that torture was an effective way to prevent terror.   Simps has a lot in common with Trump, the inability to discern even a millimeter deeper than the surface of whatever they watch on TV.   

Maybe I should repost the time he claimed that those well known militants Ivy Jo Hunter and Marvin Gaye and Martha Reeves sent out orders to riot through the song Dancing in the Street.   Like the Birchers who I remember saying that, he couldn't imagine that a bunch of black kids would want to have an innocent good time.   Really. 

Update 2:  Oh, well, I wrote more than three thousand words today in two languages, I'm not going to let a typo get me all shook up.  I'll let it shake you up.  


  1. A) I'm convinced that tweet was by Trump's staff, not Trump.
    B) As the NYT pointed out, the last terrorist incident in Sweden was in 2010. The attacker was a Swedish citizen.
    C) As the NYT also pointed out, the claim that Sweden is on the verge of collapse because of the immigrants it has taken in (and because of "socialism!") is a mainstay of Breitbart. The connection between Breitbart and the White House is obvious. Which underlines the fact Trump is not a dupe of Bannon, and Bannon is not Trump's Svengali.

    They are two peas in a pod. And as long as he gets approval from the crowd, Trump really doesn't care what he says.

    1. Wouldn't it be something if he had to dictate his tweets? I wonder if he has a functionary to do that.


  2. "Maybe I should repost the time he [Simels] claimed that those well known militants Ivy Jo Hunter and Marvin Gaye and Martha Reeves sent out orders to riot through the song Dancing in the Street."

    Yeah -- maybe you should. Maybe you should also repost the time you claimed that trained turtles named Raoul will someday win the coveted Man of the Year Award from the United Jewish Appeal.

    1. Uh, Simps, you forget, your fellow rump Eschatots don't come here to read, they'd have to read to do it and that's too close to thinking. And I am ever less interested in what any of them think they think.

      You told ol' ql that I called her out for lying? Or did you make it up that she said that, too?