The Apprentice

He doesn’t know.

He’s new at this.

He doesn’t understand.

That, incredibly, is the explanation some leading Republicans are now offering for why the president’s performance so far is incompetent in some respects and possibly criminal in others.

He doesn’t know.

He’s new at this.

He doesn’t understand.

Here’s how Chris Christie explained it to MSNBC.

What people don’t understand is that they elected an outsider president .  The idea of the way that the tradition of these agencies, it’s not something that he’s ever been steeped in. So I think over the course of time, what you’re seeing is a president who is now very  publicly learning about the way people react to what he considers to be normal New York City conversation.

In other words,

He doesn’t know.

He’s new at this.

He doesn’t understand.

Then there’s Paul Ryan’s perspective.

The president’s new at this.  He’s new to government, and so he probably wasn’t steeped in the long-running protocols that establish the relationships between [the Department of Justice], FBI, White Houses. He’s just new to this.

In other words,

He doesn’t know.

He’s new at this.

He doesn’t understand.

And the guy Trump derisively called “Little Marco Rubio” on the campaign trail last year.

Is that the act of someone who is just really angry and upset and because he’s not a politician, is kind of unconventional, doesn’t realize — or no one’s told him that he can’t do that, or was that an effort to in fact impede an investigation?

In other words,

He doesn’t know.

He’s new at this.

He doesn’t understand.

Donald Trump, though, doesn’t agree with his defenders at all.  To the contrary, on the campaign trail he insisted that

…nobody knows the system better than me. Which is why I alone can fix it.

Ironically, Republicans insisted that Trump’s predecessor was a rank amateur unqualified for the presidency.  What Barack Obama may have lacked in experience, though, he made up for with sound judgment and intelligence.  Love him or hate him, you didn’t see Obama engaging in actions of questionable propriety and possible illegality.  Trump, though, is strictly amateur hour:  unskilled, unschooled, impulsive, and incapable.  He doesn’t understand how laws are passed, doesn’t understand how policy is made, doesn’t understand how politics works, doesn’t have the kind of common sense that people gain when they interact with people outside their own little world, and either doesn’t understand, or, more likely, refuses to accept that presidents are no less subject to the laws of the land than anyone else.

You need more than a fancy 8-ball to be president

Donald Trump doesn’t understand the difference between right and wrong, doesn’t seem capable of seeing the difference between good and bad, and doesn’t have the self-discipline to focus on the job for which he was elected without allowing himself to be distracted by irrelevant things like Kathy Griffin and Rosie O’Donnell, the ratings of the people who report on his every action, and how much money he’s made in the past and how he can capitalize on the new financial opportunities offered by his current job.

He’s also not bright enough to understand that the FBI investigation he so dearly wants to end isn’t only about him, that he could conceivably be totally innocent of any complicity with Russian efforts to interfere in U.S. elections – but that even if he is, this interference still needs to be investigated and we still need to learn, and Americans still deserve to know, whether any of Trump’s people were complicit with those Russian efforts or whether this was just the Russians acting entirely on their own.

Why is he not bright enough to understand this?  Because his deep-seated defect is that he thinks everything – everything – is about him.

When it comes to being president of the United States, this guy is strictly an apprentice.

 

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Comments

  • pastorbeetle  On June 14, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I completely agree with everything you said, except likening him to an apprentice. An apprentice, almost by definition, wants to learn, especially from mistakes. An apprentice wants to improve. An apprentice, for them to experience any modicum of success, has aptitude. SCROTUS has and is none of that. He will never learn. He will never change. He is incapable of it. The Current Occupant is just a narcissistic horrible excuse for a human being and day by day this country sinks further into a pit of shame, ridicule, and futility. God help us.

    • foureyedcurmudgeon  On June 14, 2017 at 8:29 am

      I agree with you about the apprentice business. The working title of this piece was “The Amateur,” but the article in which I found the Christie, Ryan, and Rubio quotes and that was the inspiration for this piece there also was a quote from a Tom Brokaw tweet – and seriously, Tom Brokaw is tweeting? – in which he referred to Trump as an apprentice and my will to use “amateur” just melted. And another thing: I love “SCROTUS.:

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