Trump and McCain: two kinds of toxic stupidity

Although the senior senator from Arizona may have a brain tumor, the current occupant of the Oval Office betrays signs of mental atrophy. Excerpts from the NYT interview:

TRUMP: Well, Napoleon finished a little bit bad. But I asked that. So I asked the president, so what about Napoleon? He said: “No, no, no. What he did was incredible. He designed Paris.” [garbled] The street grid, the way they work, you know, the spokes. He did so many things even beyond. And his one problem is he didn’t go to Russia that night because he had extracurricular activities, and they froze to death. How many times has Russia been saved by the weather? [garbled]

[crosstalk/unintelligible]

I suspect “crosstalk/unintelligible” will become my generation’s “Expletive deleted.”

TRUMP: I don’t really know. … But in that time. And don’t forget, Crimea was given away during Obama. Not during Trump. In fact, I was on one of the shows, I said they’re exactly right, they didn’t have it as it exactly. But he was — this — Crimea was gone during the Obama administration, and he gave, he allowed it to get away. You know, he can talk tough all he wants, in the meantime he talked tough to North Korea. And he didn’t actually. He didn’t talk tough to North Korea. You know, we have a big problem with North Korea. Big. Big, big. You look at all of the things, you look at the line in the sand. The red line in the sand in Syria. He didn’t do the shot. I did the shot. Had he done that shot, he wouldn’t have had — had he done something dramatic, because if you remember, they had a tremendous gas attack after he made that statement. Much bigger than the one they had with me.

Bigger. Tremendous. Just the greatest, you know.

TRUMP: But what it does, Maggie, it means it gets tougher and tougher. As they get something, it gets tougher. Because politically, you can’t give it away. So pre-existing conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you’re 21 years old, you start working and you’re paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you’re 70, you get a nice plan. Here’s something where you walk up and say, “I want my insurance.” It’s a very tough deal, but it is something that we’re doing a good job of.

I give up. Who pays $12 a year for insurance? Is he thinking of life insurance? He can’t be this stupid. He is this stupid.

As for McCain, I wish him no misfortune. But thanks to John McCain’s political acumen in picking Sarah Palin to be his running mate, the GOP legitimated a toxic kind of imbecility for which the Republic has been paying for nine years (look at who sits in the Oval Office). Thanks to the authorizations for war that McCain has endorsed, hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children in the Middle East are dead. Had he won the presidency, he would have bombed Iran. He would bomb Scranton if one of his staff whispered in his querulous ear that terrorists ran the snack shop of a bowling alley. He would have voted for the Millionaires Bailout Act, aka Trumpcare, sending thousands of his constituents into penury. His “maverick” reputation, based on little more than barbeques and shooting the shit with bovine reporters, is one of the more mendacious examples of resumé swelling I’ve seen this century. The Beltway press abetted the rise of this fraud, and when the press abandoned him for Barack Obama the intensity of his resentment and the depths of his shallowness were exposed. He is an awful senator and unfeeling man.

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