Donald Trump's recent musing about whether we could fight the Corona virus by injecting disinfectants is but the latest in a string of jaw dropping stupidities.
There are at least four more incidents of Trump saying or allegedly saying things that are so breathtakingly stupid that I wonder whether he was naturally born stupid or if he had to put in great effort to graduate summa cum loudmouth from Trump University. Now, two of these four incidents will undoubtedly be met with cries of "FAKE NEWS! FAKE NEWS!" from his supporters because it cannot be proven that he has said them. However, in light of his comments about the Corona virus and the two other instances where he is is undeniably on video lowering the collective IQ of the universe, it seems very believable that he actually said what he is reported to have said by anonymous sources.
- Donald Trump asked whether we can use nuclear weapons to disrupt hurricanes before they hit our shores. Trump has denied ever asking about this. If Trump did indeed ask about this he would certainly not be the first one to do so. The idea has been been floating around since at least the late 1950s. But it is still monumentally stupid for two reasons. First, even the most powerful nuclear bomb would be dwarfed by the immense power of a hurricane. It is unlikely to have much affect on storm. And more importantly, if we dropped a nuclear weapon on a hurricane we would have to deal not only with the damage that was caused by the storm, but with the radioactivity that it brought with it as well.
- Donald Trump repeatedly asked a national security expert who was briefing him why we could not use nuclear weapons on our adversaries. Again, this is unverified, but watch Joe Scarborough tell about this incident starting at 5:55 of this video.
- Trump claimed that windmills cause cancer.
- Last July Donald Trump said that Article 2 of the Constitution gave him the right to do whatever he wanted to as president. While the Constitution does give him vast powers, his powers are not unlimited. Every 7th grade civics student should know that our Founding Fathers rejected the idea of having a king with absolute power. Evidently, that lesson escaped Trump.
Donald Trump was talking about whether he could fire Robert Mueller when he made his claim that the President could do anything he wants. But that is not the only time when he has demonstrated less than Presidential knowledge of our Constitution.
....It is the decision of the President, and for many good reasons. With that being said, the Administration and I are working closely with the Governors, and this will continue. A decision by me, in conjunction with the Governors and input from others, will be made shortly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2020
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
The Constitution does not give the President the power to shut down the states or to open them up. That power rests in the hands of the states' governors.
As I mentioned, Trump's question about whether we can fight the Corona virus by injecting disinfectants, his claim that windmills cause cancer, and his claim to unlimited Presidential powers make it easy to believe the unverified claims that he asked whether we could disrupt a hurricane by nuking it and that he asked a national security adviser repeatedly why we could not use nukes on our enemies. It also makes a claim by Frank DiPrima easier to believe. DiPrima was close friend of Professor William T. Kelley who had taught marketing at Wharton School of Business and Finance. Here is what DiPrima said Professor Kelley told him about his student, Donald Trump.
Professor Kelley told me 100 times over three decades that “Donald Trump was the dumbest goddam student I ever had.” I remember his emphasis and inflection — it went like this — “Donald Trump was the dumbest goddam student I ever had.” Dr. Kelley told me this after Trump had become a celebrity but long before he was considered a political figure. Dr. Kelley often referred to Trump’s arrogance when he told of this — that Trump came to Wharton thinking he already knew everything.
Professor Kelley passed away in 2011, so it is impossible to verify DiPrima's story. But it doesn't take much imagination to hear Professor Kelley complaining about his idiot student.