Saturday, May 06, 2017
George Will: Trump disabled by inability to think, speak clearly
Political commentator George Will in his latest column blasts President Trump as someone who is not able to "think and speak clearly."
"It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either," Will wrote in The Washington Post.
"This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence."
In the column, Will pointed to the president's comments about Frederick Douglass and his recent remarks about Andrew Jackson.Trump in an interview published earlier this week questioned why the country had a Civil War and suggested Jackson could have prevented it had he served later. Jackson, the nation's seventh president, died in 1845. The Civil War began in 1861.
"Library shelves groan beneath the weight of books asking questions about that war’s origins, so who, one wonders, are these 'people' who don’t ask the questions that Trump evidently thinks have occurred to him uniquely?" Will asked.
"What is most alarming (and mortifying to the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated) is not that Trump has entered his eighth decade unscathed by even elementary knowledge about the nation’s history," he continued.
"As this column has said before, the problem isn’t that he does not know this or that, or that he does not know that he does not know this or that. Rather, the dangerous thing is that he does not know what it is to know something."
Will went on to criticize Trump for some of the comments he made before assuming the presidency, pointing to his remarks on the nuclear triad and the "one China policy."
Will warned that Americans have put "vast military power at the discretion of this mind."
"So, it is up to the public to quarantine this presidency," he wrote, "by insistently communicating to its elected representatives a steady, rational fear of this man whose combination of impulsivity and credulity render him uniquely unfit to take the nation into a military conflict."