The president’s dedication to defending himself at all costs produces some pretty noteworthy moments.
One of these moments came on Saturday morning, when, feeling the weight of an onslaught of attacks on his mental state sparked in large part by that new book from Michael Wolff, the president rushed to Twitter to try and defend his mental state.
For many, the president’s attempts at painting himself as perfectly fit for the job made him only more of a laughingstock.
In a three tweet rant, the president managed to fit in an attack on the credibility of the Russia scandal, the news media, and even Hillary Clinton.
He wrote, in part:
‘[T]hroughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart… I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!’
A president who, in all seriousness, calls themselves a “very stable genius” on Twitter in response to critiques of his apparent volatility is not someone who is anywhere near earning the trust of vast swaths of the American population.
It’s simple, really — like elementary school simple. If the president wants the nation to believe his assertions that he’s a “very stable genius,” he should actually do something to prove that now that he’s in office. He became president because of an electoral fluke, finishing with a winning margin of about 100,000 votes across three states, while overall across the country, millions more people voted for his opponent.
Actions speak louder than words, so unstable Twitter meltdowns consisting of assertions of genius aren’t going to get very far if, now that he’s actually in office, Trump doesn’t have anything to show for himself. So far, he’s spent his time building on growth from the Obama era and sending the economy closer and closer to an overheating driven recession in the process.