The Trump slam ‘Summa Cum Liar’ is trending right now on Twitter, largely in part to the man who coined it, George Conway, also known as Kellyanne Conway‘s husband.
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 6, 2019
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 6, 2019
You see, Trump went to great lengths to hide his own records while he was harassing then President Barack Obama about his grades — when Trump wasn’t trolling Obama about his birth certificate.
Trump has used language like he “heard I was first in my class” at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton business program, but that is not true. He uses this distancing language for a reason. If carefully parsed, it’s not actually a claim that he was first.
He has “heard” and “seen” a lot of completely false things, and indeed he bases policy on these imaginary, perhaps wish fulfillment delusions.
While heckling then President Obama about releasing his grades from his peanut gallery Twitter perch, Trump worked hard to hide his own.
“(t)he headmaster at New York Military Academy got an order from his boss: Find Trump’s academic records and help bury them,” Marc Fisher reported in the Washington Post.
“It’s the only time I ever moved an alumnus’s records,” superintendent Jeffrey Coverdale said in the Post.
“I was given directives, part of which I could follow but part of which I could not, and that was handing them over to the trustees,” he said. “I moved them elsewhere on campus where they could not be released. It’s the only time I ever moved an alumnus’s records.”
So apparently Military Academy didn’t go so well. And as you have probably surmised already, Trump is also not anywhere near the top of his University of Pennsylvania class in the official program.
The 1968 Penn commencement program shows him graduating from Wharton with a bachelor of science in economics. Trump is not on the list for cum ladue, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude honors.
“During the presidential campaign, hundreds of alumni and students signed a letter rebuking Trump‘s “xenophobia, sexism, racism, and other forms of bigotry.” There was little enthusiasm on campus for his election victory. The school has declared itself a “sanctuary campus” and says it will not cooperate with federal immigration authorities without a warrant,” Philly.Com pointed out in 2017.
Greg Miller pointed out that Trump signals his own insecurities with his projections:
Trump almost always draws attention to his own insecurities in the way he attacks others. Goes after Obama grades while scrambling to bury his own school records. Disparages POW McCain despite avoiding Vietnam with bone spurs. https://t.co/sGYm6KUzlV
— Greg Miller (@gregpmiller) March 5, 2019
The bottom line is it’s obvious that Donald Trump isn’t very smart. He’s clever and cunning, but not smart. He either isn’t interested in putting pieces of information together or he can’t tell what is real – either way, he fails at the test of intelligence which is being able to see how pieces of information relate to one another. Fluid intelligence is the ability to think quickly and the ability to reason, which is different from accumulating facts, but Trump is not good at either of these signs of intelligence – in fact, Trump doesn’t seem to grasp what makes something a fact or he chooses to ignore it for his own purposes.
It’s not a surprise that people who have worked with him have called him an idiot in colorful language. Rex Tillerson is reported to have said, “He’s a f*cking moron!”
Steve Bannon likened Trump to an 11-year old child and said he was “sick of being a wet nurse to a 71-year-old man.”
The Intelligencer reported, “Everybody in his rich-guy social circle knew about his wide-ranging ignorance. Early in the campaign, Sam Nunberg was sent to explain the Constitution to the candidate. “I got as far as the Fourth Amendment,” Nunberg recalled, ‘before his finger is pulling down on his lip and his eyes are rolling back in his head.’”
Also from the Intelligencer: “’What a fucking idiot,’ said Murdoch, shrugging, as he got off the phone.”
“I wouldn’t give Donald too much to think about,” said an amused Ailes.
Bannon snorted. “Too much, too little — doesn’t necessarily change things.”
John Kelly is reported to have said, “He’s an idiot. We’re in crazy town.”
Gary Cohn said Trump had the IQ of an “inbred tanning bed“.
Republican senator Bob Corker said on Twitter, “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center.”
Donald Trump is not an intelligent man. He is a skilled con man and has, much like his father, the ability to manufacture propaganda about his success to the press and to his marks. What he wasn’t prepared for was the scrutiny of the political press, which is not the same thing as the scrutiny a reality TV show host gets.
Summa Cum Liar, also known as the guy the conservative evangelicals are supporting, along with the entire elected Republican Party. This is their family man, their pro-life poster boy, their leader of fiscal financial policy, their intellectual adult, their personal responsibility mascot. That is to say, Donald Trump is the person who revealed the crass, Machiavellian values of the far right — which is to win at any cost, no matter how much integrity they lose and with no regard for the soul of their movement.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
Sarah hosts Politicus News and co-hosts Politicus Radio. Her analysis has been featured on several national radio, television news programs and talk shows, and print outlets including Stateside with David Shuster, as well as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.
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