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Mon Jun 8, 2020, 09:15 AM

Republican Bruce Bartlett: "He Is Even Dumber Than We Thought"

Four years in office has only convinced more Americans that the Trump might not be a stable genius.

A Washington Post–ABC News poll taken the last week of May 2020 asked Americans, “Do you think Trump has the mental sharpness it takes to serve effectively as president?” Fifty-two percent of respondents said no, with only 46 percent saying yes.

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It appears that Trump’s performance in office has had a negative effect on perceptions of his mental acuity. The Quinnipiac poll tracked perceptions of Trump’s mental sharpness from 2016 through 2018, asking, “Would you say that Donald Trump is intelligent, or not?” When first asked in November 2016, 74 percent of people said yes, and only 21 percent said no. A year later, however, those answering in the affirmative had fallen to 55 percent, while those in the negative camp rose to 41 percent. Subsequent polls found roughly the same ratio.

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Further evidence that Trump is widely viewed as something shy of the sharpest knife in the drawer comes from another, far-from-leading query pollsters have posed about him. In September 2017, a Washington Post–ABC News poll asked people an open-ended question: “What one word best describes your impression of Trump? Just the one word that best describes him?” The first most common term to describe him was “incompetent.” Other related characterizations in the top 10 descriptors included “idiot,” “ignorant,” and “unqualified.”

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Of course, Trump regularly refers to himself as a “very stable genius.” As proof, he often mentions that he got an undergraduate degree from the prestigious Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, after spending his first two years at Fordham. However, there is no evidence that he was anything other than an ordinary student. He didn’t make the list of matriculating students in his class who graduated with honors. Reportedly, one of his professors, William T. Kelly, later disparaged Trump as one of the dumbest students he ever had.

https://newrepublic.com/article/158069/donald-trump-not-smart-polls

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The GOP is now trying to cut ties from Trump. Sorry, too late GOP he is yours.

Is this news that Trump is an idiot? In his first few months in office Trump said that the problem with the
USPS (post office) is that they pick up and delivers packages.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Jun 8, 2020, 09:18 AM

1. Can you edit the subject line to replace the comma with a colon (:)?

It reads as though it's saying Bartlett is "dumber than we thought", when he's the author of an article about Trump with that headline.

On edit: Also, Bartlett has left the Republicans, and did so a good decade before it was fashionable.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Jun 8, 2020, 09:24 AM

2. Trump is a very stupid person

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Jun 8, 2020, 09:41 AM

3. He is a hedgehog

He knows one or two things really well. It just so happens that those things are antithetical to good government (or being a good human being).

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 8, 2020, 09:44 AM

5. More like a hagfish.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 8, 2020, 10:10 AM

6. Probably a better analogy

Getting slime over everything.

Thank you.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Jun 8, 2020, 09:43 AM

4. and that bar was pretty low to begin with

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Jun 8, 2020, 10:11 AM

7. "...the mental sharpness it takes to serve effectively as president?"

He doesn't have the mental sharpness to close an umbrella.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Jun 8, 2020, 10:21 AM

8. If Only Somebody At His Press Conferences Stood Up On Their Hind Legs And Asked Him...

..."How do you respond to polls showing that a majority think you're too stupid to be President?"

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Jun 8, 2020, 10:32 AM

9. trump is an idiot to anyone with average intelligence

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Jun 8, 2020, 05:53 PM

10. By comparison, Palin is looking a lot less dim.


I do recall that we eventually learned she was pretty bad in school, but she seemed to remember what Pearl Harbor meant,
whereas trump is reported to have had no clue at all.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 8, 2020, 06:00 PM

11. Well he did know about George Washington's...

... air force ramming the ramparts.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Jun 8, 2020, 06:01 PM

12. You Know Who Doesn't Call Themselves A Stable Genius?

Stable geniuses.
I'd venture to say the less stable, and the further from genius one is, the more likely one is to self-reference in that way.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Jun 8, 2020, 06:02 PM

13. The disinfectant injection idea showed he doesn't just think his "customers" are idiots.

He does think they're idiots. But he's one too.

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