Underestimating Trump is His Biggest Advantage

Who's the bigger fool?

By William M Briggs Published on December 29, 2017

Recently, Vox gleefully repeated the rumor based on innuendo (it’s no coincidence this word is Italian for suppository), that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump is an “idiot” and “dope.”

Well, Trump hired McMaster, so if Vox right, what does this say about McMaster?

Vox also heard from a friend that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to Trump as a “moron.” And Vox heard from a source who knew a guy who said he was sure he heard Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin had formed a “suicide pact.” If any of these Trump hires gets fired, they will never invite Trump to any of their birthday parties ever again.

Nobody seems to have explained to Vox that men often heatedly call their bosses idiots, fools, and much worse, as a means of blowing off steam. They don’t mean the slurs as sober and considered judgments of the intellectual prowess of their betters. Yet Vox, and several other outlets, reported the outbursts as if they were true and meant seriously.

In other words, Vox appears over eager to believe the President’s mental acuity is substandard.

Investigate This Poll

They aren’t alone.

Disgraced FBI investigator Peter Strzok called Trump an “idiot,” got caught at it (and more), and had to be removed from the infamous Russia investigation. You remember the investigation. About how Trump and Vladimir Putin secretly poisoned vaccine supplies under orders of the lizard people, who have been driving those UFOs we’ve been hearing about. Or something.

Newsweek happily reported the results of a Quinnipiac “poll” designed with the same specifications as the quizzes in Cosmopolitan (“What kind of sex fruit are you?”). People were “asked for the first word that pops into their head” when thinking of the President.

A total of 53 people responded with the word “idiot, 44 with “liar” and 36 with “incompetent.” Another 26 people gave the response “a**hole,” while 19 respondents said “moron,” 18 said “arrogant” and 17 said “disgusting.”

Fifty-three whole people? Wow.

The New York Times saw the same poll and felt it had to explain what idiot meant. “In Greek society, the condition of idiocy was seen as peculiar and strange (a meaning that is retained in the English word ‘idiosyncratic’); thus ‘idiot’ was a term of reproach and disdain.” Who knew?

A Willful Campaign

One-time-conservative writer George Will took to television and said soberly:

He [Trump] is barely on speaking terms with the English language. I don’t think I’ve heard him complete a sentence in two years that had a subject, an object and a verb. He makes George W. Bush look like Cicero. He gets on the phone with these people, and it is awkward. It is an agonizing moment, and he doesn’t respond well.

All through the 2016 campaign, journalists (that is, Hillary supporters), academics, political operatives, commentators, Hillary herself, Never Trumpers and other professional “conservatives,” and denizens of “blue” cities told us often and loudly that Trump was a buffoon, a clown, a fool, an idiot. They weren’t just saying this. They believed it.

Early on the networks ran shots of Trump rallies, certain sure their viewers would laugh along with them. Network executives never realized the people at the rallies weren’t laughing.

Trump, that grand “idiot,” time and again outmaneuvered his opponent, soundly defeating her when every establishment voice assured us Trump would lose. Trump, the preposterous “fool,” accomplished this when he had the entire system arrayed against him. Academia, Wall Street, Conservative Inc., the media, celebrities, the bureaucracy all bested and embarrassed by Trump. Some idiot! Some fool!

Non-Impeachable Offenses

The elite has not learned its lesson. How many times since his inauguration were we told Trump’s latest “gaffe” was his last?

Trump makes a joke about needing some “good old global warming” to fight the recent cold snap, and the left wept. Twitter itself in its ill-regarded “Moments” section reported, “Trump decides climate change isn’t real because it’s cold outside.” This was followed by a score of verified users assuring us Trump’s quip was the “standard dumb person line”.

When Trump tweeted the typo “covfefe,” the smallest reaction among progressives was apoplexy. There goes that moron again!

Only one person on the left understood what the near-daily over-reactions like this meant. “Trump is playing the role of Mr. Burns, and we’re all Homer,” said Chauncy Devega of Salon.

Nobody listened to Devega. The bien pensant are as assured Trump is an “idiot” now as they are that global warming will end the world by 2005. Oops. I meant 2015.

Let the Sun Tzu Shine

It’s comforting to imagine your enemy is a mental midget. It’s insanity, unteachable ignorance, or the result of a deep psychological affliction to continue to believe he is in the face of all evidence to the contrary.

The truth is they loathe Trump because he is uncouth, because he is crude, because he doesn’t play by the old rules, because he isn’t one of us.

Trump could not have got to his position by being stupid. No man could. Sun Tzu said, “He who exercises no forethought but makes light of his opponents is sure to be captured by them.” Trump’s opponents will continue to underestimate him. And Trump will continue to win most of his battles.

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  • Paul


    Typo aside, attacking Trump wasn’t enough to win the election in large part due to the alternative. Hillary is indeed crooked, she belongs in prison not the oval office. Enough people recognized that which helped push Trump over the finish line. What even made it worse for Hillary was her overreach of not only attacking Trump but also his supporters. I’m a deplorable and proud of it.

    I hope the Rs don’t make the same mistakes and arrogantly underestimate the Ds in the coming elections.

    • Putin on the Ritz

      Whatever you do, don’t call Briggs a buffoon!

    • kentclizbe

      Why in heaven’s name would you place any hope at all in what the “Rs” might do?

      The “Rs” despise Trump. The “Rs” despise Normal-Americans who elected Trump. The “Rs” in the Washington Establishment, including politicians, fake “conservative” media, and think-tanks are actively trying to depose Trump.

      Trump bypassed the “Rs” and went right to Normal-Americans. Trump became the embodiment of the Tea Party Normals that the Establishment Rs coopted and destroyed.

      The lesson from Trump’s election, for the “Rs”, was that the “Rs” are just a different flavor of Politically Correct Establishment tools.

      The lesson we should apply is that the “Rs” need to be swept aside.

      A Normal-American Party would be perfect.

      • Paul

        My interest in Rs is mostly being the current somewhat conservative opposition to the Ds. Trump ran as an R because that’s the current reality. We’ve got a 2 party system and it’s probably easier to change things in the party than to start a new one.

        • Ye Olde Statistician

          The previous time he considered a run for president it was in the American Party, but he loudly distanced himself from the party and abandoned his campaign when he found Perot’s party had been captured by the likes of Pat Buchanan and David Duke.

          He then reverted to the Democratic Party and nine years ago was touting Hilary Clinton as a potential VP or presidential candidate.

          • Paul

            There’s plenty in Trumps past that I don’t like, this example is mild by comparison.

          • realDEEBEE

            Then there is the 1 percent tax on wealth to retire the national debt

    • MSDOTT

      I think a lot of people also voted for Trump because they wanted knew appointments to the Supreme Court would be coming up, and they felt good appointments who would uphold the Constitution would be appointed by Trump. As has happened.

  • Tim H

    I think it’s salamander people not lizard people. But I take your point.

    Her funny column today. Thank you.

    • Charles Burge


  • Thank you Mr Briggs, I always appreciate your articles. The rank and file Left are still making fun of how people talk. The people who preach “inclusion” and “tolerance” and “whirled peas” sneer at people who don’t use the same words they use. The people who make up new acronyms and demand we all say them, look down on people for the way they talk. Already this morning I hid two posts and unfollowed one person for their pointing and cackling.

    They underestimate our President…. and us. The Deplorables are rested, and ready, and our strengths grow by the day, thanks be to God. May God continue to lead us and to clear the way for His Man, the new Cyrus and our President, Donald John Trump.

    • stan schmunk

      Trump is NOT the new Cyrus. That’s as bad a use of Scripture as I’ve ever seen and makes us evangelicals look like idiots. Cyrus allowed the Jews to go home. Only 50,000 or even a little less took him up on his offer and their story is told in Ezra and Nehemiah. They immediately started marrying foreign women. The rest stayed in Persia and then scattered to the four winds. A false prophet started this comparison and all we like sheep blindly and ignorantly bought his bit.

      • Chip Crawford

        Don’t get excited. You assigned the basis of the comparison, which is a dishonest thing to do. I would compare the fact that God used a very irreligious person, very worldly person to do his job. He has done that in history, used men in a position of influence to use their platform and giftedness to accomplish a task he ordains. I wouldn’t carry it to saying Trump is the new Cyrus, and may shock further by saying that I believe he is a more Godly person than Cyrus. Perhaps you should give attention to your own flaws and shortcomings, and not worry about those of others, which are being corrected. It’s really not your business. And your bit about all blindly following anything is foolish as well. I’m sorry you are soured on this, but God is in the redemption business and you are in danger of being on the wrong side of his nature, being so judgmental and merciless, since you require not to be singed yourself.

        • stan schmunk

          I didn’t bring up the Cyrus comparison. I responded to it in a little detail. If you didn’t like my thought then fine but don’t condescend to a personal attack on my supposed flaws. What is wrong with you?

  • MikeW

    Trump is one of the few politicians smart enough to understand that the Global Warming of Doom scam is meant to enrich and empower leftist politicians and bureaucrats, along with their fake climate “science” cronies, and parasitic “green” energy company executives.

    • Paul

      In another article comment I listed some things I like about Trump but I forgot to mention his pulling out of the Paris accord. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Mara319

    I love it when the guy at the top gives a new rule of grammar or a new word (covfefe) and it’s up to us to give meaning to it. Delicious!
    Reminds me the time Pope John Paul II signed a Church document, “Joannes Paulos II, PP” and someone told him, “Your Holiness, there is no J letter in the Latin language.” To which the pope replied, “There is now.” LOL!

    • Ye Olde Statistician

      The letter J appeared in Late Latin precisely to distinguish its usage as a consonant from its usage as a vowel “I”. Similarly, the vowel W appeared to supplement U and V.

  • Sylvain_A

    A few question:

    If Trump is such a genius:

    1)How come the ACA is not repealed?
    2)How did he lose the Alabama senate election?
    3)What are his achievement that any other republican president could have achieved?

    An a few point where he is a genius:

    1)Giving Alabama senate seat to democrat?
    2)He showed the hypocrisy of claimed religious people inciting to vote for a pedophile, showing there total lack of morality?
    3)Increase taxes on is voter, while giving a ridiculous tax cut to Wall Street executives and bankers?

    • Conr


    • realDEEBEE

      Sylvain, reread your questions and the subsequent list and by any measure you come across as deranged. But hey! For you, over the years it’s par for the course.

    • ArthurMcGowan

      1) Because the Republicans in Congress are corrupt.

      2) Because Trump wasn’t running for Senator from Alabama.

      3) Your third question gibberish, so there’s no answer.

  • Andrew Blake

    Whatever his faults he’s still a giant compared with those pygmies Obama and Hillary.

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