Donald Trump is a big-mouthed blowhard. No one will argue that point. The point that people do argue, however, is whether he is very bright. He has no qualms about saying whatever is on his mind, regardless of the consequences. Lately, he has been dogged by his alleged comments about dead war heroes, which at least one Fox News journalist has substantiated. Book after book has come out from the inside looking in at Trump’s dealings, inactions, and incompetence.
Now, one such author comes forward to whom Trump awarded more than a dozen on-the-record interviews, and they were apparently “no-holds barred” interviews. Bob Woodward will be making the rounds this week, promoting his new book “Rage,” which follows up his 2018 “Fear.” Perhaps Trump felt “obligated” to let Woodward in, as Politico intimates, but there is absolutely no reason why Trump shared so freely with Woodward. Perhaps he is, after all, not very bright.
Possibly most damning, Trump knew how bad COVID-19 was even as he whitewashed it for the American people. Trump reportedly said to Woodward on February 7, “You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. And so that’s a very tricky one. That a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu. This is deadly stuff.” Yet he was telling the American people that the virus would “magically disappear” and that it was “like the flu.” On March 19, Trump admitted to Woodward, “I wanted to always play it down.” For what purpose? While Trump did not create the virus, he is certainly responsible for most, if not all, of the resulting deaths by “playing down” the seriousness of this virus. This is despicable, even for Trump.
Woodward also asked Trump about race relations. On June 19, Woodward mentioned that both he and Trump are products of White privilege because of their upbringings. Woodward told Trump that they bore a “responsibility” to understand the pain and anger of Black Americans, to which Trump became “mocking and incredulous:” “You really drank the Kool-Aid, didn’t you? Just listen to you. Wow. No, I don’t feel that at all.” Mr. Nobel Peace Prize nominee fails to see the need to restore peace in his own country. It is not surprising that the same right-wing member of Norway’s parliament nominated Trump again, after having also done so in 2018. The committee will once again conclude that Trump is completely undeserving of this award.
Trump further called “his” “fucking generals” a “bunch of pussies,” and showed his admiration for Kim Jong Un, including his assessment that Kim thought President Obama was “an asshole.” This should come as no surprise from someone who thought Jared Kushner had a place in government. According to Politico, Kushner is “quoted extensively” in the Woodward book, likening Trump’s presidency to “Alice in Wonderland.” That sounds about right, but then, Kushner said about Trump that “the goal is to get his head from governing to campaigning.” As we have always suspected, Trump has no interest in governing this country. He only cares about “winning,” no matter the cost, including a few hundred thousand American lives.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years