When Trump was elected to the White House, we all knew he was uneducated in the history of America, the inner workings of politics, and most likely failed Government 101.
That would have been minutely acceptable had he actually showed an interest in learning about these things on the fly.
With the ability to call in the best advisers possible, Trump could brief himself on at least the basics. According to New York Magazine, Trump can’t even be bothered to pay attention to one of the most important lessons he needs to learn – the basics of the U.S. Constitution.
New York Magazine obtained an excerpt from Michael Wolff’s soon to be released book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which offers a look inside the White House from Inauguration Day to October. According to the magazine, the book “offers a front-row view of Trump’s presidency, from his improvised transition to his first months in the Oval Office.”
Most interesting is that the book notes Trump never wanted to win the presidency, and his campaign was all a ruse to boost his brand.
Shockingly, he won, and he was expected to do presidential things, like being aware of the Constitution.
In an interview with Sam Nunberg, Nunberg revealed trying to explain the basics of the Constitution to Trump was like trying to talk to a brick wall.
‘Few people who knew Trump had illusions about him. That was his appeal: He was what he was. Twinkle in his eye, larceny in his soul. Everybody in his rich-guy social circle knew about his wide-ranging ignorance. Early in the campaign, Sam Nunberg was sent to explain the Constitution to the candidate. “I got as far as the Fourth Amendment,” Nunberg recalled, “before his finger is pulling down on his lip and his eyes are rolling back in his head.”‘
As we all know, there are 27 amendments to the Constitution. Trump couldn’t make it past four. They must not have tried using the Schoolhouse Rock song “Constitution Preamble.”
The passage literally sounds like a description of a physicist attempting to explain quantum physics to a five-year-old child.
However, it’s not. It’s a description of a 71-year-old man that ran for president with no qualifications whatsoever, won the presidency, and took no interest in the most important document in America’s history. Furthermore, it sounds as if he doesn’t have the actual capacity to pay attention to something like an explanation of the U.S. Constitution.
Tony Schwartz has criticized the president before for his lack of an attention span. The journalist helped Trump write his book The Art of the Deal. He’s previously said:
‘It’s impossible to keep him focused on any topic, other than his own self-aggrandizement, for more than a few minutes.’
Trump’s disinterest in the Constitution also serves a purpose. If he actually took an interest in the Constitution, he’d have to recognize the beauty of the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
By recognizing and acknowledging the Constitution, he’d have to respect the fact the press does have a right to criticize him, the people of America do have a right to assemble peaceably, and Americans are not required to worship him.
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