Donald Trump is an evil and mentally unstable criminal, but he’s also a complete blithering idiot. Trump periodically reminds us of this with his own words, whether it be his incoherent tweets, or his speeches about airports in the time of George Washington. This time around, a top diplomat to the United States is the one reminding us how much of an idiot Trump is.
Donald Trump’s incompetent idiocy is such a real thing, America’s foreign allies have had to figure out how to gameplan around his idiocy. This point was driven home when the Daily Mail published secret memos in which UK Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch used words like “inept” and “insecure” and “incompetent” to describe Trump. The Daily Mail is a tabloid, but the UK government has since confirmed to CNN that the leaked memos are in fact the real thing. So now what?
Darroch is a professional diplomat, so it’s literally his job to pretend in public that an idiot like Donald Trump is not an idiot. He’s the last person who would publicly criticize Trump, no matter how he felt. These memos reveal that he felt compelled to document Trump’s idiocy in private, while discussing with his government how to deal with Trump. Darroch may or may not lose his job over this leak, as it could be difficult for him to continue interfacing with the U.S. government now that it’s been exposed that he thoroughly insulted the President of the United States. But to be clear, Darroch was just doing his job.
This incident serves as the latest reminder that Donald Trump is so uniquely and cartoonishly bad at this, America’s allies have been placed in a no-win situation when it comes to trying to work with him or work around him. On the other hand, America’s enemies have had little problem figuring out how to use Trump’s ineptness and idiocy to gain a leg-up on the United States.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report