Throughout the campaign, it was clear that Trump was in over his head. He’s more adept at frenzying his base than with actual policy or governing. During the debates, it was obvious that Trump didn’t understand anything except his slogans. Where his opponent offered meticulous details on policies, Trump remained defiantly unclear. He said he had a plan for everything, but wouldn’t discuss it further. Is he being coy or is he just being inept? I’m going to go with the latter.
Take the executive order that placed Trump’s Chief Strategist, the clearly evil Steve Bannon, on the National Security Council. According to the New York Times, Trump was peeved that he wasn’t fully briefed on the executive order he signed. Now that your brain has rebooted, take a look at one of Trump’s many staccato tweets about the temporary restraining order against his Muslim Ban:
Does he not understand checks and balances? I thought as much during the debates when he accused Hillary of not doing anything in her 30 years in Washington, but Senators can’t act unilaterally on issues. Neither can Secretaries of State. Or even Presidents. There are many powers that the President cannot do, one of them, mainly, is interpreting the law. That’s up to the judiciary.
That was just a week ago. It feels like ages in this administration, where there’s a new scandal erupting every single day—Olivia Pope is failing at her job. The newest scandal concerns security issues in Trump’s White House. The security issues stem from Trump himself.
While Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dined in the middle of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago country club, surrounded by the rich and well-to-do that have paid exorbitant fees just for the opportunity (much like a TV show), Trump and Abe received news that North Korea tested a ballistic missile. Guests were treated to an exciting episode of Real World: White House when Trump discussed matters of national security with his aides and military advisers. Trump partly ran on information security. He hammered Clinton on the emails on her private server, but here he is in his reality show, gleefully talking about matters of national security over iceberg lettuce in his shitty country club. He tweets from an unsecured Android phone constantly, even during his classified briefings.
For decades, we’ve been racing to the bottom in this country. Anti-intellectualism has run rampant. Facts are constantly and consistently disregarded. We feed on fake news and can’t be bothered with checking sources. This is the result: a government led by someone who doesn’t know what the fuck he’s doing. And we’re going to have to live with it.