Rachel Maddow is hardly at a loss for words, but she appeared close to speechless on Thursday when discussing the news that Donald Trump thinks he can buy Greenland.
The MSNBC host says that it appears someone is playing a joke on the president by suggesting he’s allowed to acquire Greenland, but Trump is too stupid to know he’s being played.
“If you are in a position to play this kind of a mean joke on President Trump, understanding the contours of his mind and his ego and knowing he might not really get that it’s a joke … just do the country a favor and make it a more constructive joke,” Maddow said.
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According to people familiar with the discussions, The Wall Street Journal says, Mr. Trump has repeatedly since then expressed interest, since whoever this was first suggested to him, hey, big guy, maybe buy Greenland. He has apparently repeatedly expressed interest in actually trying to do so. Quote, in meetings at dinners and in passing conversations, Mr. Trump has asked advisers whether the U.S. can acquire Greenland. So I know — sometimes I have a hard time with the news. And I know that this is like the number one trending topic worldwide right now. I know it is a very popular topic of conversation this evening for all of the obvious reasons. But I will just say, if you know the president, if you are, you know, you go to dinners with him, you go to roundtables with him, if you are in a position to play this kind of a mean joke on President Trump, understanding the contours of his mind and his ego and knowing he might not really get that it’s a joke and he might really run off with it and think he could do it, I mean just do the country a favor and make it a more constructive joke.
The president is a child
The fact that this whole Greenland idea could just be a joke somebody told Donald Trump, as Maddow suggested on Thursday, makes it even more alarming.
After all, it would mean that Trump is too stupid and gullible to understand when he’s being played. Now he’s trying to make policy out of it.
The saddest part of all is that this is completely on-brand for Donald Trump, who is demonstrating – once again – that he has the intellectual capacity of a child.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.