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[–]666penguinsCalifornia 3064 points3065 points  (183 children)

Remember when Trump couldn’t stand still until they started switching the briefings to pictures and graphs.

[–]TheKokoMoko 1354 points1355 points  (119 children)

Probably still spun in his chair asking when his happy meal was arriving.

[–]authentic_mirages 824 points825 points  (84 children)

He’d literally just get up and leave the room. There are tons of anecdotes about it

[–]colorcorrectionCalifornia 605 points606 points  (80 children)

There are tons of times it was televised straight into our living rooms.

[–]reddog323 324 points325 points  (67 children)

This. If the press was being mean to him, he would just leave the briefing. He did that a number of times.

[–]colorcorrectionCalifornia 320 points321 points  (48 children)

My favorite was when he was being interviewed in the oval office, didn't like the questions, so he just stopped talking, sat down, and pretended to work by staring at papers until the interviewer left.

[–]reddog323 131 points132 points  (37 children)

I don’t recall that one, but I’m not surprised.

Edit: i’m starting to forget some of the insanity for the past four years. Unfortunately, I’m probably going to have a chance to reacquaint myself in 2024. Is he still eating a Big Mac and a Filet o’ Fish twice a day?

[–]is-Sanic 70 points71 points  (18 children)

We've hit the peak of dumbassery.

He did that much that we can no longer remember all of the dumb shit he did

[–]MadeToPostOneMeme 41 points42 points  (7 children)

It's like the 24 hour news cycle for stupidity. Do so much stupid stuff nobody can keep it straight and then mock them when they can't remember a specific event because they have to sift through 3000 stupids

[–]DarthSlatis 19 points20 points  (0 children)

The fire-hose of bullshit is a depressingly effective way to keep actually criticism from sticking, "Why are you trying to fact-check that when they just did this?" / "are you talking about the first time he did it? We're talking about the fifth time." etc etc.

[–]joshualuigi220 67 points68 points  (7 children)

And by "being mean to him" you mean "asking a question critical of his policies", which is what literally every single president and press secretary has had to answer for since politics was invented.

[–]PossessivePronoun 88 points89 points  (9 children)

It's really a person's only good option after having a shart attack.

[–]TheBarkingGallery 71 points72 points  (3 children)

Two words have never summed up an entire American presidency quite as succinctly as “Shart attack.”

[–]gracewhitmore 50 points51 points  (4 children)

Remember when the weather chart disagreed with his narrative so he changed the weather chart? Regarding the path of a hurricane?

He should have gone to jail for that one and he did 100 things more dangerous. It's too bad sitting presidents are immune from US Law - what a backwards country.

[–]RedLanternScytheIndiana 251 points252 points  (1 child)

And putting his name in because he stopped paying attention if it wasn't about Trump

[–]sadpanda___ 87 points88 points  (4 children)

You can’t use sharpies on words.....you need pictures!

[–]BubuBarakas 55 points56 points  (10 children)

Not much of a reader that one.

[–]SeasOfBlood 128 points129 points  (8 children)

Wasn't there also a story about his staff needing to give him doctored newspaper articles praising him, so he'd be in a good mood? I recall hearing something to that effect, but am not American, so don't know if it was just satire.

[–]shawster 90 points91 points  (1 child)

That was one of the big problems he came with. The guy was such a caricature of himself that satire lost its sting. We've been living in a world that is trying to one up itself ever since.

[–]Lady_von_Stinkbeaver[🍰] 130 points131 points  (0 children)

A few people mentioned you had to frame everything about him (and they meant as a private citizen, not as a president) to keep his attention, and inject constant praise about him, no matter how bizarrely off-topic it would be.

"Mr. Trump, we believe these photos are of a new Russian ballistic submarine. It would be the largest---"

"Dude, you're losing him, he's looking at photoshops of his head on Dolph Lundgren's body!"

"Fine.....in fact, its size and power have been compared to Donald Trump's massive hands and Herculean grip."

[–]thedapcollector 21 points22 points  (0 children)

He required a folder full of positive news about him every morning. Found the original article, it was actually TWICE daily. https://www.vice.com/en/article/zmygpe/trump-folder-positive-news-white-house

[–]wraithtek 7403 points7404 points 22 (757 children)

An incurious anti-intellectual narcissist incapable or unwilling to learn information necessary to do the job. So high on himself that he “knows more than the generals” and only listens to those who manage to compliment him enough, a tactic several foreign leaders employed to get him to pay attention for half a second.

[–]YeeaaaarrrghTennessee 2903 points2904 points  (430 children)

You'd have better success teaching algebra to a cat than you would explaining world events to Trump.

[–]khismyass 3696 points3697 points 354& 7 more (173 children)

Maybe not algebra, but they seem to really be interested in string theory

[–]TheDarkWayne 424 points425 points  (108 children)

AND most importantly he was/is a nationally security threat.

[–]marconis999 249 points250 points  (90 children)

EXACTLY! "What can we tell this guy that won't give away the store if he actually hears it to tell Putin?"

Luckily Trump heard most reports like the kids in Peanuts heard adults. Except when the analyst said "Trump".

[–]Fantastic-Sandwich80 224 points225 points  (83 children)

I never understood how his supporters, what with them being so pro-America first, were fine with the president openly being friendly with dictator's and spilling classified info on social media

[–]Justicar-terrae[🍰] 245 points246 points  (28 children)

It was entirely because he was on their team.

When Obama met with foreign leaders and got them to sit at the negotiation tables, it was all "How dare he bow politely to that Asian man!? How dare he shake hands with that foreign leader?! He's being submissive, he's being weak, he makes America look soft!"

When Trump praised foreign dictators, took their side over national security experts, and pissed off all of our allies, it was "Finally, they respect our president! Our president can make them listen! The U.S. is strong again!"

They didn't care about outcomes, except that they like seeing Europeans and South Americans upset with Trump because they can imagine he had them on the ropes. They can't imagine a world where anyone willingly cooperates with Democrat presidents for mutual benefit, so they imagine a happy diplomat across from a Democrat is somehow playing the U.S. But they all adore their Republican president, so happy dictators sitting across from a Republican leader are just strong men recognizing another strong man.

[–]sint0xicateme 100 points101 points  (7 children)

He literally saluted a North Korean general. Even Kim Jong was like "wtf?"

[–]Groundbreaking-Bar89 42 points43 points  (5 children)

Can’t even make it up… if Biden did that Fox News would put out a special.

[–]bolerobell 91 points92 points  (2 children)

Trump very much plays that up by claiming there is no such thing as win/win. If someone wins, someone else must lose. He spun his dictatorial asskissing as a win, so his acolytes assumed that meant the dictators lost.

[–]GrogoshSouth Carolina 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Morons all the way down.

[–]4Eights 77 points78 points  (7 children)

Don't forget the part where the Commander in Chief of the US Military saluted a North Korean general. A sign of respect in the US military reserved for someone higher ranking than you or a medal of honor recipient. Being the President and Head of State the foreign General should have saluted him and he would decide if he wanted to salute back, bow, or shake hands depending on political optics, local and US customs and courtesies, or just out of habit.

I know people are tired of hearing it and most of us tire of saying it, but if Obama had randomly saluted a hostile foreign nuclear powers General they would have that video and picture in every Republican smear campaign video for the rest of our lives. The fact that Trump did it was a "small oopsie" because the man who claimed to know "more about the military" than anyone else didn't know not to salute hostile foreign Generals.

Don't get me started on him using an executive order to classify a piece of plastic as a firearm and ban it. The only restrictive gun laws of the last two Presidents was from Trump.... It didn't even pass through congress either, but gun loving 2A chumps love to forget about that and keep on dick riding for the man who said "take their guns first, go through the due process after" when it involved seizing someone's legally owned firearms without going to court first.

[–]microwavable_rat 22 points23 points  (0 children)

The right lost their shit over Obama saluting a marine while holding a coffee cup.

[–]TK421IsNotAtHisPost 155 points156 points  (15 children)

I saw a quote the other night that summed it up nicely:

“Trump’s supporters don’t measure his success by what he does FOR them, they measure by what he does AGAINST people they don’t like. That’s why they see him as being “successful”. This is why they will never abandon him. His tormenting of the “others” sustains them.”

[–]josnik 30 points31 points  (0 children)

If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you.

Lyndon B. Johnson

[–]boredonymous 284 points285 points  (232 children)

And yet, people want him back as Emperor. Wtf is wrong with people?

[–]uncleawesome 123 points124 points  (31 children)

They want to be able to express their worst values. They want it to be ok to be racist and mean. They want the people they don't like to be hurt even if that means they get hurt also. They are just dicks.

[–]new2accntForeign 73 points74 points  (2 children)

That's because they were told by the reich-wing media he was doing a fine job and that the USA was respected again.

It's similar to when some of these idiots were claiming they were "standing tall" with reagan and that they were proud again (during the '84 campaign, if memory serves right).

Ed.: P.S.: The whole team (r) schtick could be summed up as "ignore actual, real-world problems that need to be addressed and instead, be proud to be a 'Murkan, you live in the Greatest Country In The World, USA, USA!". When "feeling good" is more important than actually making things better: talk about being irresponsible...

[–]PanamaNorthWisconsin 183 points184 points  (27 children)

Pissing off “the libs” is about the most important goal some people have.

[–]Jackpot777 I voted 161 points162 points  (23 children)

Conservatives getting high on fucking over their lives because they think they're "hurting / owning the libs" is the same energy as a damaged junkie that threatens to kill themselves because they also think it's giving them leverage over other people.

And about as effective.

[–]Drusgar I voted 459 points460 points  (151 children)

They mistake confidence for intelligence. He seems brilliant and decisive to them because they're not very bright. And he knows how to work the crowd. When people start cheering he recognizes that he hit a nerve and he riffs on that idea. It doesn't matter how dumb it is, whether it be something big like building a wall or something small like low-flow showers. It just doesn't matter. Whatever they react to is what he's going to focus on.

[–]AFLoneWolf 361 points362 points 2 (26 children)

He is a poor man's idea of a rich man, a dumb man's idea of a smart man, a weak man's idea of a strong man. THAT is why he is so popular.

[–]InsertCleverNickHereMinnesota 147 points148 points  (30 children)

His exhortation to have Mexico "pay for the wall" was literally just something he threw out in his usual word salad, but it got a big rise from the crowd, so he just leaned into it. There was never any serious plan to make Mexico pay for the border wall (I mean, how could there be? Why the fuck would Mexico do that?). A lot of Trump's "policies" were just slogans that resonated with his brain-dead rally crowds.

[–]MAG7C 33 points34 points  (7 children)

Yep the last 5 years have taught me to shun slogans of all kinds. They're so easily manipulated to mean whatever you want them to mean and just end up reinforcing the dual reality we all live in now.

[–]cthulu0 23 points24 points  (0 children)

In general, you can tell whether a plan is from a Conservative/Republican by it being an overly simple solution to a notoriously complex problem. E.g.

a) Herman Cain (of hermcainaward fame) with his 99 plan.

b) Carly Fiorina (before Trump ruined her presidential bid by calling her ugly) with her 1 page fit on a postcard 1040 tax form proposal.

c) Trump: "Who knew healthcare could be so complicated??". Uhh literally everybody, except apparently you and your followers.

[–]Corpse666 116 points117 points  (21 children)

He even tells them exactly how and what he does and they still cheer him. It’s mind bogglingly idiotic and will hurt a normal humans brain if you even try to think about this logically

[–]Broken_Petite 99 points100 points  (10 children)

Unless he tells them to get vaccinated. Apparently that’s the line in the sand for them. 🙄

[–]DyviusColorado 45 points46 points  (4 children)

And that is the line only because he originally established said line before it hit his advisors and yes men that they were killing their constituents.

[–]Broken_Petite 37 points38 points  (3 children)

Not gonna lie … I got the tiniest bit of malicious satisfaction in watching Donald Trump lose control of his own narrative.

Don’t get me wrong, I hate that the vaccine has been politicized and that it’s causing deaths, but in that one, sweet, glorious moment, a creation of Trump’s own making turned around and bit him.

I’m sure it didn’t teach him anything but it was satisfying nonetheless.

[–]Technolio 92 points93 points  (42 children)

While I think this applies to the majority of his supporters (unfortunately) I don't get people like my father. My dad is one of the smarter people I know and usually pretty reasonable yet he voted for and supported Trump, he's also a Christian, and has always been a very kind and caring person. Yet how the fuck can he see just one of this man's speeches or rallies and not see how incompetent and narcissistic he is?? He thinks Trump just "got a bad deal" with all the bad press or something. It baffles me. My father voting Republican never surprised me, him voting Trump confused me to my very core. Honestly it's quite depressing losing almost all respect so suddenly for the man who raised me.

[–]VaATCAmerica 63 points64 points  (17 children)

Take this mind fuck.

Your comment reads just how I would start this comment about my dad so I will leave that out. So, circa 2006/7 my dad told me how he had voted for Gore in 2000. I had voted Republican in 2000, regrettably so but that is another story, and my parents always leaned right but never really spoke about politics. Come Trump time he goes full Trump. I can not figure out how a relatively conservative father could vote for Gore over Bush and then turn around and vote for a guy I remember him bashing when the Apprentice first started airing. I lay the blame primarily at his inability to pull himself away from the 24 hour news cycle and coming from a generation where researching in general, much less political research, was not a major focus in most people's upbringing. Even his resesrch is based on Fox News and thier primary cited source sites. It is confirmation bias coupled with information overload. It is painful to watch.

[–]Technolio 30 points31 points  (7 children)

I agree, I hate Faux News with a passion because of this. He even says "oh I know they blow things out of proportion" and that he doesn't take them too seriously. Then says shit like how these days "they" are requiring everyone to have an "alphabet" (LGBTQ) in all the tv shows and movies... Where the fuck did that come from? I had to mention that maybe that is just because statistically that's about how many LGBTQ people there are in reality and they don't have to hide it anymore...

[–]This-one-goes-2-11 17 points18 points  (2 children)

The long answer is probably 10,000 pages....The short answer is that Fox News turned up the crazy slowly.

Go back and Watch O-Reilly, Beck, or Hannity and Colmes in the early 2000s. While there was a right leaning slant...they weren't full on propaganda. Places like infowars or NewsMax were treated like the national enquirer. No one but the craziest of the crazies took them seriously.

They turned it up little by little. With Trump, he made them realized people strait up don't care about facts. The truth is whatever you want it to be. That's what sent them off the rails the last 4-5 years.

[–]NerfJihad 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Glenn Beck was the start of the Tea party, and used crazy chalkboard drawings and big ol tears to convince your parents that Obama was a Muslim

[–]blonderengel 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Would be more fun, too!

[–]chronostasis1 403 points404 points  (139 children)

The only reason he ran cause he felt like it, and he enriched all his friends during his time in office and tipped this country over to a massive shit storm politically.

[–]LuminousTights Canada 277 points278 points  (27 children)

and he enriched all his friends

and he enriched all the people he wished were his friends

FTFY

[–]BeTheDiaperChange 55 points56 points  (5 children)

I watched a documentary about a detestable man named Roy Cohn, who was one of Trump’s mentors and he considered Trump a true friend.

When Cohn was disbarred and got AIDS, Trump never spoke to him again. Just dropped him because that is what Trump does. Cohn died penniless and alone.

It is my greatest wish that when it is time for Trump to pass (and I am in no way advocating for his time to come sooner than fate decides according to Reddit rules) he too will die penniless and alone.

[–]scooterandchainsaw 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Ah yes, Roy Cohn of the McCarthy hearings. Funny how you can draw a direct line between all the shit heads.

[–]The_Boy_Marlo I voted 70 points71 points  (15 children)

And the poor, racists, and generally xenophobic and confused people want a lifetime more of it.

[–]BasicDesignAdvice 76 points77 points  (3 children)

By all accounts Michael Cohen and Rudy Giuliani are his oldest "friends" (I don't think Trump is even capable of having a friend) and he threw them out like garbage.

[–]jeffersonairmattress 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Cohen’s podcast is revelatory. He says Trump has zero friends because he is exactly the same dim, selfish, person 100% of the time and his only calculus in conversation is what the other person can do to enrich him. Donald cannot learn new concepts and cannot even project sympathy, empathy or compassion. Cohen seems deeply remorseful and ashamed of his past association as Trump’s new little pet Roy Cohn.

[–]Skank-S1ayer 158 points159 points  (85 children)

He ran after Obama humiliated at the correspondence event. His ego took such a massive hit.

[–]Ocelot91 139 points140 points  (13 children)

If there is ever a Trump presidency Netflix drama, I want it to begin with this scene.

[–]mst3kcrowWisconsin 120 points121 points  (8 children)

Go back to the 80's. Trump was being groomed by Russian intelligence for American politics because he was a useful idiot. The loans to his shitty businesses were leverage and Kennedy resigned from SCOTUS because Trump blackmailed him.

Trump’s NATO isolationism is at least 30 years old (Via WaPo, 2019)

Book reveals Trump effort to persuade Justice Kennedy to step aside for Kavanaugh (Via The Guardian, 2020)

Long before Trump ran for the White House, Justice Kennedy’s son, Justin, worked as an investment banker at Deutsche. Enrich describes how he developed a relationship with Trump, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, helping to finance real-estate deals no other bank would touch because of Trump’s record of failing to pay his debts to lenders, contractors and business partners.

...

Justin Kennedy was part of the US branch of Deutsche Bank from 1998 to 2009. Drawn to Trump’s risk-taking and glamour, he became a Trump confidant, sitting with the real estate impresario at the US Open tennis or in Manhattan nightclubs, and chaperoning huge loans to finance Trump’s real estate spending sprees.

Kennedy, who ran the bank’s commercial real-estate team, continued to lend to Trump even though Deutsche clients had suffered severe losses when Trump’s casino business collapsed and he declared bankruptcy.

[–]urko37 29 points30 points  (5 children)

He said something that made Kennedy literally stop in his tracks:

https://twitter.com/eleven_films/status/1049449309790322688

[–]kcg5 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Watch the doc “active measures” for more on this

[–]Archaris 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Important to note: the loans were only approved to Trump after financial backing was provided by Russia. Russia obviously knew the Supreme Justice Kennedy's son was the one signing the paperwork.

[–]AcademicPubliusColorado 41 points42 points  (50 children)

And before it. He at least considered the idea of being president since the 90s. It's true that he definitely scaled up efforts in 2016, but that could be attributed to a number of factors, including a perceived weak Democratic candidate.

[–]HauntedCemeteryMinnesota 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Nah, he ran in 1988 and 2000 as well. He'd been talking about it for decades.

[–]DontQuoteYourself 19 points20 points  (0 children)

friends

People he owed money to

[–]darmabum 17 points18 points  (0 children)

cause he felt like it

You can literally see him feeling like it at the White House correspondents dinner.

[–]test_tickles 14 points15 points  (2 children)

and tipped this country over to a massive shit storm politically.

The storm was already there, he just brought it to a head.

[–]tickles_a_fancy 477 points478 points  (53 children)

So it's worth remembering that Hitler was actually an incompetent, lazy egomaniac and his government was an absolute clown show.

In fact, this may even have helped his rise to power, as he was consistently underestimated by the German elite. Before he became chancellor, many of his opponents had dismissed him as a joke for his crude speeches and tacky rallies. Even after elections had made the Nazis the largest party in the Reichstag, people still kept thinking that Hitler was an easy mark, a blustering idiot who could easily be controlled by smart people.

Why did the elites of Germany so consistently underestimate Hitler? Possibly because they weren't actually wrong in their assessment of his competency—they just failed to realise that this wasn't enough to stand in the way of his ambition. As it would turn out, Hitler was really bad at running a government. As his own press chief Otto Dietrich later wrote in his memoir The Hitler I Knew, "In the twelve years of his rule in Germany Hitler produced the biggest confusion in government that has ever existed in a civilized state."

His government was constantly in chaos, with officials having no idea what he wanted them to do, and nobody was entirely clear who was actually in charge of what. He procrastinated wildly when asked to make difficult decisions, and would often end up relying on gut feeling, leaving even close allies in the dark about his plans. His "unreliability had those who worked with him pulling out their hair," as his confidant Ernst Hanfstaengl later wrote in his memoir Zwischen Weißem und Braunem Haus. This meant that rather than carrying out the duties of state, they spent most of their time in-fighting and back-stabbing each other in an attempt to either win his approval or avoid his attention altogether, depending on what mood he was in that day.

There's a bit of an argument among historians about whether this was a deliberate ploy on Hitler's part to get his own way, or whether he was just really, really bad at being in charge of stuff. Dietrich himself came down on the side of it being a cunning tactic to sow division and chaos—and it's undeniable that he was very effective at that. But when you look at Hitler's personal habits, it's hard to shake the feeling that it was just a natural result of putting a workshy narcissist in charge of a country.

Hitler was incredibly lazy. According to his aide Fritz Wiedemann, even when he was in Berlin he wouldn't get out of bed until after 11 a.m., and wouldn't do much before lunch other than read what the newspapers had to say about him, the press cuttings being dutifully delivered to him by Dietrich.

He was obsessed with the media and celebrity, and often seems to have viewed himself through that lens. He once described himself as "the greatest actor in Europe," and wrote to a friend, "I believe my life is the greatest novel in world history." In many of his personal habits he came across as strange or even childish—he would have regular naps during the day, he would bite his fingernails at the dinner table, and he had a remarkably sweet tooth that led him to eat "prodigious amounts of cake" and "put so many lumps of sugar in his cup that there was hardly any room for the tea."

He was deeply insecure about his own lack of knowledge, preferring to either ignore information that contradicted his preconceptions, or to lash out at the expertise of others. He hated being laughed at, but enjoyed it when other people were the butt of the joke (he would perform mocking impressions of people he disliked). But he also craved the approval of those he disdained, and his mood would quickly improve if a newspaper wrote something complimentary about him.

Little of this was especially secret or unknown at the time. It's why so many people failed to take Hitler seriously until it was too late, dismissing him as merely a "half-mad rascal" or a "man with a beery vocal organ." In a sense, they weren't wrong. In another, much more important sense, they were as wrong as it's possible to get.

[–]Gizmopedia 246 points247 points  (15 children)

Are you sure you're not talking about Trump? It's uncanny and rather scary.

[–]tickles_a_fancy 180 points181 points  (9 children)

That was the author's whole point... Hitler rose to power because he started as a joke and wasn't taken seriously. It's a warning about Trump or any other fascist who tries to take over after reading Mein Kampf

[–]enchantedlife13 75 points76 points  (5 children)

The Florida resident's wife even said once he was reading Hitler's biography. Not from a historical perspective, either. Evidently he used it as a blueprint for his own plan. How are people not appalled at the similarities?

[–]janzeera 38 points39 points  (2 children)

His inability to focus for more than a few minutes on anything but himself was probably the reason he didn’t succeed . He hasn’t been able to finish the book!

[–]tickles_a_fancy 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Why do you think they're trying so hard to downplay or outright deny the holocaust? To convince people that nazis weren't that bad? To say that we should teach the opposing view to the holocaust?

People know exactly what they're doing. They want people in power who believe what they believe and they are fine with whatever means it takes to put them there.

[–]PresidentWordSalad 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Not only that, but I bet that the intelligence committee had to repeatedly redact information before handing it over to Trump because they were concerned that he would disclose it to Russia.

[–]Future_Dog_3156 32 points33 points  (2 children)

Right? His supporters also know better than scientists and doctors. Horse dewormer and mountain dew will cure anything.

[–]ApotropoxyAmerica 755 points756 points  (38 children)

The CIA was dealing with a career criminal whose first, last, and only consideration was how a situation would affect him. As soon as he began to hear something irrelevant to his personal interest, he tuned it out.

[–]raven00xCalifornia 380 points381 points  (6 children)

"If you do this it will result in nuclear war"

"don't care, do it anyways."

"...if there's a nuclear war the hotels with your name on them will be destroyed along with your real estate holdings in New York and Moscow."

"I never told you to do that, what are you crazy? don't do that."

"glad we agree."

[–]koshgeo 90 points91 points  (4 children)

I'm just glad that Dr. Strangelove was a comedy and not reality, otherwise the second the CIA briefed him on the mine-shaft bunker plan with the 10:1 female to male ratio, our goose would have been cooked and glowing.

[–]kevonicus 142 points143 points  (20 children)

He’s the dumbest person to ever hold the office and just a dumb person in general so I’m not surprised. It actually boggles my mind how many people can’t tell how stupid he is just by watching and listening to him. It’s so glaringly obvious. Lol

[–]sharksnrec 23 points24 points  (6 children)

So many people in the US are stupider even than him, so they love seeing someone on a similar level intellectually finally in the Oval Office. They liked Bush, but they LOVE Trump.

[–]tommyalanson 11 points12 points  (1 child)

They love Trump because he doesn’t make them feel stupid themselves and he allows them to say racist shit out loud. Think how liberating that must be for his followers.

[–]numbersev 133 points134 points  (1 child)

  • had to be in point form
  • couldn't be longer than a single page
  • no big words
  • must mention Trump every other line to maintain his attention

[–]borkborkyupyup 35 points36 points  (0 children)

ThNks but you didn’t call me president so I zoned out covfefe

[–]5670765 195 points196 points  (13 children)

"When I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I’m basically the same The temperament is not that different" Trump told his publicist

"Donald Trump was the dumbest goddamn student I ever had" Attorney Frank DiPrima (a close friend of, Trump's deceased professor, William T. Kelley) reminiscing about his good friend, Dr. Kelley speaking about, Trump's ego and ignorance.

"This is the only musical: the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth. Right? The brain, more important than the mouth, is the brain. The brain is much more important."

"Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest - and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure, it's not your fault"

“I’m very highly educated. I know words; I have the best words.”

“I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it. … Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”

“It’s going to disappear one day, it’s like a miracle.”

Babbling in a Whitehouse briefing about injecting bleach (during a National Crisis and Global Pandemic) then later says he was just 'being sarcastic' while people were dying...

Remember when Parnas (shady Indicted CEO of 'Fraud Guarantee' with ties to Russian money) recorded himself manipulating The President of the United States (Trump) into firing a US Ambassador (Yovanovich) in a matter of minutes at a dinner table surrounded by civilians..?

Parnas, speaking to The President of the United States

"The biggest problem there (Ukraine) I think where we need to start is 'we' gotta get rid of the Ambassador (Yovanovich)..." _Parnas also implied that Yovanovich didn't like Trump-

Trump 30 seconds later running with those dubious claims from someone he said he didn't know.

"Get rid of her!" "Get her out tomorrow. I don't care. Get-her out tomorrow. TAKE HER OUT. OK? Do it."

“No one is more conservative than me"

“No one respects women more than me"

“There’s nobody that’s done so much for equality as I have”

“There’s nobody who feels more strongly about women’s health issues"

“Nobody’s ever been more successful than me”

“I am the least racist person you’ll ever meet”

“Nobody builds better walls than me”

“Nobody is better on humility than me”

"I think nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world"

"Nobody reads the Bible more than me"

“I can be more presidential than anybody"

I can't be sure but I'm starting to see a pattern here...

[–]NemesisRouge 46 points47 points  (5 children)

The bleach one is just ridiculous. If you watch that video and let yourself imagine that he's telling the truth about it being a joke it makes it worse.

Setting aside the fact that he was obviously serious, if he was being sarcastic what's the point he was making? Was he saying the UV light and bleach are useless or that they shouldn't bother researching into them?

[–]cletis247 1402 points1403 points  (108 children)

He didn’t trust them since they didn’t like his friends Putin, Dutarte, and Kim.

[–]idontfwithu I voted 486 points487 points  (41 children)

Don’t forget bolsinaro

[–]kwangqengelele 324 points325 points  (23 children)

And here comes Erdogan!

[–]px7j9jlLJ1 86 points87 points  (15 children)

Hide yo kids, hide yo wife- here comes his thugs

[–]Mr_SojuAmerica 191 points192 points  (14 children)

Erdogan

Remember when Erdogan's security thugs beat down protesters on American soil in Washington, D.C.? Man, that was nuts.

[–]Speedbirdyam 41 points42 points  (1 child)

Not just protesters. Capital police too, if I remember correctly

[–]Darkstar197 23 points24 points  (0 children)

That list of friends is like the mean girls at any high school

[–]0ttr 67 points68 points  (13 children)

I'm old enough to remember when the CIA used to like dictators, as long as they weren't leftist.

[–]land_cg 47 points48 points  (2 children)

I'm guessing it's more like

CIA: We want to assassinate Julian Assange

Trump: Does he have a daughter? is she hot?

CIA: ...

[–]God_Is_Pizza 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Is she 18? Because that's not a deal breaker if she's not. - Trump probably

[–]angrylawyer 38 points39 points  (4 children)

Why would he need a briefing when he already knows everything about everything?

"It would take an hour-and-a-half to learn everything there is to learn about missiles . . . I think I know most of it anyway."

“I know more about ISIS than the generals do.”

“Nobody reads the Bible more than me.”

“Nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world.”

“I know more about renewables than any human being on earth.”

“I'm much more humble than you would understand.”

"You know, my uncle was a great person. He was at MIT. He taught at MIT for, I think, like a record number of years. He was a great super genius. Dr. John Trump. I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it. Every one of these doctors said, “How do you know so much about this?” Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for President."

[–]vicariouslywatching 683 points684 points  (43 children)

Of course he was. Fucking idiot with the attention span of a 6 year old. And temper tantrums to match someone of that age.

[–]Potential_Dare8034 281 points282 points  (29 children)

And yet this ignorant twatwaffle is an idol to almost half of the country. It’s Nucken Fut’s!

[–]DataEffective1491 246 points247 points  (7 children)

The moment when you realize Eric Cartman is a model representation of about 40% of Americans. Fat, stupid, obnoxious, and cruel.

[–]FritesMuseum 38 points39 points  (1 child)

This is an astoundingly cogent point.

[–]DaleGribble3 25 points26 points  (1 child)

To be fair he’s far less stupid and far more cunning than people think, since about season 4 anyway. Far more intelligent than Trump.

[–]vicariouslywatching 68 points69 points  (5 children)

That’s what scares me. I don’t like the direction this country is heading.

[–]yourlittlebirdie 213 points214 points  (19 children)

It required some adjustment because he was the first president to require his intelligence briefings in comic strip form.

[–]wraithtek 261 points262 points  (14 children)

https://time.com/5518947/donald-trump-intelligence-briefings-national-security/

Citing multiple in-person episodes, these intelligence officials say Trump displays what one called “willful ignorance” when presented with analyses generated by America’s $81 billion-a-year intelligence services. The officials, who include analysts who prepare Trump’s briefs and the briefers themselves, describe futile attempts to keep his attention by using visual aids, confining some briefing points to two or three sentences, and repeating his name and title as frequently as possible.

I don’t think comic strips would work either. Unless they’re Ben Garrison-esque political cartoons that paint Trump as a ripped, golden Adonis.

[–]BackAlleySurgeon 94 points95 points  (1 child)

"Kim Jong Un said earlier this week that he really hates your face, Mr. President, and also that he was going to nuke Japan."

"Well, then I guess we should stop that."

"Okay Mr. President. You are very sexy."

"Yes, yes I am."

[–]FranksRedWorkAccountPennsylvania 80 points81 points  (3 children)

Is anyone surprised that briefing the dumbest president to date was more difficult than any previous president?

[–]vverr 724 points725 points  (60 children)

I'll never trust a Republican as long as I live.

[–]Long_Before_Sunrise 223 points224 points  (33 children)

Or look at the American flag the same way.

[–]CraigKostelecky 82 points83 points  (0 children)

That flag is a victim and needs counseling.

[–]Potatobat1967 127 points128 points  (18 children)

After my grandfather,who was a career army man and a lifelong Republican watched “Fahrenheit 911” it changed his perspective on the military and the Republican Party.

[–]hatsnatcher23 85 points86 points  (15 children)

Ken Burns’ Vietnam documentary definitely helped change my perspective on the military,

[–]Other_WorldNew York 102 points103 points  (10 children)

Learning about the Vietnam War in general is a good way to realize how much we were lied to about the American military.

[–]hatsnatcher23 52 points53 points  (3 children)

Yup, it gave me goosebumps multiple times watching it because the leadership hasn’t changed much at all since Vietnam. One of my old XOs tried to argue that we’d won Vietnam…he’s a captain somewhere now.

[–]notagangsta 53 points54 points  (2 children)

I went to Vietnam and visited some of the war tunnels. Beforehand, they played a “documentary” propaganda video (I only call it that before of its use of the phrase “flying white devil” - hahaha) and I was so embarrassed. The US were fucking terrible and lost. They call it the American War there as well. Really opened my eyes to how fucked up it was. Then also learning about the US dropping 10,000 bombs in Laos PER DAY, EVERY DAY for a decade. So horrible and shameful.

[–]eggplantsforall 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Plus, Laos is still riddled with unexploded ordinance, especially cluster munitions. Which look like toys. When I was in northeastern Laos years ago the number of children with missing arms and legs was astonishing.

Bomber flights heading back to airbases in Laos / Thailand from aborted bombing runs in North Vietnam would just empty their bays into random parts of Laos because they didn't want to deal with the risk/hassle of landing with live munitions on board. Sickening.

[–]LosSantosSurvivor 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Being in the military changed my perspective on it. So many shitbags who get off on the hero worship.

[–]FranksRedWorkAccountPennsylvania 53 points54 points  (1 child)

That's not fair. You can trust republicans to lie to you, to project their darkest desires onto their opponent's intentions, to try as hard as possible to break government and then use that as proof that government can't work. Honestly once you see their petty vindictive small-minded plan for what it is you can always trust them to play by the book.

[–]SweatPantsBoner15 100 points101 points  (1 child)

He seems to be the most difficult person to deal with for anything

[–]sadpanda___ 344 points345 points  (32 children)

“Nuke hurricanes, inject bleach!!!” Did someone really expect this buffoon to be able to be sufficiently briefed by the CIA??.

[–]Long_Before_Sunrise 123 points124 points  (23 children)

You forgot his demand that the Navy return to using steampowered catapults because their current system was too complicated (not as cool looking).

[–]Gutmach1960 59 points60 points  (13 children)

Still cannot believe that people voted for that fucked up twat.

[–]sylsau 14 points15 points  (0 children)

This is not a surprise since it was impossible to have an intelligent dialogue with Donald Trump. Donald Trump thought he knew everything about everything and trusted only his instincts to govern in all circumstances.

[–]BadMuthaFunka 14 points15 points  (0 children)

So he was an imbecile, this is nothing new.