If they decided to do a remake of the movie “Dumb and Dumber” Donald Trump would be able to play both roles. Amidst ever increasing reports of a divided and dysfunctional White House, Trump has decided to challenge his Secretary of State to take an IQ test with him. Nothing says “presidential” like trying to prove you’re smarter than everyone else in the room – especially when you’re not.
Recent reports that Tillerson referred to Trump as a “moron” continue to rankle the insecure person in the Oval Office. Many of us, at one time or another, have worked for someone we considered a “moron” or even an “effing moron.” Had word of that reached our boss, we probably would have been fired on the spot. Which raises the question – why didn’t Trump fire Tillerson after learning of his comment?
Because he knows that he can’t afford to do it. Not only has his administration been racked by upheaval and turnover, especially over the summer, but reportedly Secretary of State Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Mattis, and Treasure Secretary Mnunchin have entered into what has been termed a “suicide pact.” In other words, if Trump fires one of them, the other two would immediately resign. And Trump can’t count on his Chief of Staff John Kelly staying on if that happened. Even Trump is not such a moron to think his presidency could survive the loss of these key players in his administration.
So all he can do is vent his frustration, which he did in an interview with Forbes Magazine published Tuesday:
“I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare I.Q. tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.”
Trump has spent years bragging about his I.Q. Does he even know what the letters stand for? Recent stories floated around D.C. had him going around his staff showing papers that proved his I.Q. was 203. If that were true, he would be a nuclear physicist, not a bankrupt casino owner. Everyone fudges a little on certain things like your age, or what your SAT scores were, but claiming your I.Q. is 203 goes beyond fudging. If nothing else, claiming that proves he’s a moron. The only way it could be 203 is if he were to combine all the scores from all the I.Q. tests he’s taken.
But there is some much more serious going on here. We have a man in the White House, the President of the United States, who is so personally insecure about himself that he makes an issue out of this. Instead of focusing on issues confronting our nation such as the threat of North Korea, maintaining good relations with our allies, helping the people of Puerto Rico and northern California, developing good trade agreements, and reducing the national deficit, he’s playing schoolyard games with members of his own Cabinet.
There is little doubt also that Trump is scared. The Mueller investigation is closing in on him. He has not been able to pass any of his promised legislation this year, and his approval ratings are plummeting. A scared man is a dangerous man. Surely the Republicans in Congress have to realize this. Yet they are willing to forsake their oath of office and their duty to their constituents by keeping this man in office. There is still time to do the right thing, but not very much. Should Trump decide to launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack on North Korea, it will be too late. Too late for Congress. Too late for us. Too late for the rest of the entire world.