Claims that POTUS is “no more than semi-literate”
January 5, 2018
Trump derangement syndrome has reached it’s peak with the release of Michael Wolff’s widely uncorroborated book Fire and Fury which purports that practically every single person who has come into contact with the President believes him to be a child-like moron.
The latest talking media point, in addition to the notion that the President is mentally unstable, is that Trump is probably also illiterate.
The point was raised, predictably, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, with Joe Scarborough declaring “[Trump] doesn’t read. He didn’t read. […] [T]here has been a question of whether this guy can read, whether he does read.”
Scarborough noted that Wolff’s book contends that “senior staffers at the White House have low opinions of the President’s intelligence.”
“There are many creative words. Quote: ‘Trump didn’t read. He didn’t really even skim. If it was print, it might as well not exist. Some believed that for all practical purposes, he was no more than semi-literate.’” Scarborough stated as he read from the text.
“For Steve Mnuchin and Reince Priebus, he was an “idiot.” For Gary Cohn, he was “dumb as” blank [on screen: “s**t”]. For H.R. McMaster he was a ‘dope.’” the host continued.
Continuing to read from the text Scarborough noted that an email from Cohn shared between a dozen or more staffers stated “It’s worse than you can imagine. An idiot surrounded by clowns. Trump won’t read anything — not one-page memos, not the brief policy papers; nothing. He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored.”
The White House has responded to the claims, saying that they are 100% false, and that Cohn did not write the email.
Scarborough scoffed that “of course they would say” that, and then launched into a…