Trump Fire and Fury

The Fire And Fury Of Trump – A Very Stable Genius

With Trump in the White House, does America have a man who is mentally unfit for the job? If this is the case then there is no more serious issue facing the world than this possibility. In this post I explore the fall out from the book Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff.

Doubts about Donald Trump’s stability reached a new levels after Michael Wolff published his tell-all book, Fire and Fury. Even allies now struggle to defend him. This naturally leads to questions of removing Trump from office on the grounds of incapacity. Wolff s book suggests Trump is a man whose closest aides, friends and even family believe is unfit to be president. Trump, Wolff reports, won’t read anything, not even one-page memos. Other alleged activities include:

  • President Trump’s fear of being poisoned is one of the main reasons why he prefers premade fast food like McDonalds
  • At the start of his life in the White House, he told the cleaning staff not to touch anything in his room especially his toothbrush
  • If he and now former chief strategist weren’t dining at together 6.30pm, Trump would retire to the residence, where he allegedly ate cheeseburgers in bed
  • Sometimes he would be watching three television screens while ranting about the media in phone calls to friends
  • Trump added a lock to his bedroom door in the early days of the administration and slept separate from Melania

He endlessly repeats himself. He fails to recognise old friends. Moreover:

In an interview with NBC News’ Today talk show, he said: “I will tell you the one description that everyone gave, everyone has in common. They all say he is like a child.

“And what they mean by that is he has a need for immediate gratification. It’s all about him…they say he’s a moron. An idiot.”

And yet this man has unchecked power over the world’s largest nuclear arsenal. Trump himself took to Twitter to scotch the rumours.

Well, that’s a relief! If he weren’t a very stable genius and instead he was an erratic, vindictive, uninformed, lazy (see the Tweet below) tyrant then we could be in real trouble.

Even if Wolff’s book is all true (and many of his own sources reject his version of events) it doesn’t change all that much. It’s not as though Trump has previously impressed us all with his sanity and intellectual grasp. Or for that matter, his sensible hairstyle and mature response to criticism. By now we understand that Trump’s bark is worse than his bite. When you consider his policies, as opposed to silly schoolyard insults, he is fairly restrained. Cutting taxes, and having a more aggressive foreign policy than Barack Obama isn’t all that crazy. And Presidential sanity isn’t easy to judge. For example, how sane was it for George W. Bush to invade Iraq? Or for that matter for Bill Clinton to have an affair with an intern? In comparison Trump’s actions are no more or less bonkers than his predecessors.

In fact, in some ways his insane style may even be diplomatically useful. Take North Korea who alarmed by Trump’s aggressive and unpredictable stance has began talks with South Korea. Syria has launched no chemical weapon attacks against civilians since US forces blasted a Syrian airfield last year. I agree this a feuding, dysfunctional White House that makes up policy on Twitter is a risky strategy. It is far more likely to stumble into a real geopolitical disaster. Let’s hope for the sake of humanity that the mismatch between Trump’s behaviour and the global challenges of 2018 isn’t too great.

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Originally posted 2018-01-13 13:02:49.

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