In his latest column in The Washington Post, political pundit George Will criticizes President Trump, claiming that he is unable 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.
“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.”
As evidence, Will cited Trump’s remarks about Frederick Douglass and, more recently, Andrew Jackson.
In an interview published earlier this week, the president questioned why the United States had a Civil War and asserted that Jackson could have prevented it had he served later. Jackson, the nation’s seventh president, died in 1845, prior to the Civil War which 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 added. “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 castigate Trump for remarks he made prior to his inauguration, specifying his comments regarding the nuclear triad and the “One China policy.”
As a warning, Will noted 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.”
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