We all knew Trump was an idiot when he first announced he was running for president back in 2015. We also knew he was an idiot every time he stood on a stage at a rally or debate and opened his mouth. However, Republicans either didn’t see it, or they ignored it.
If they didn’t see it, the Republican bigwigs found out, and they found out shortly after the election. New York Magazine obtained an excerpt from Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House and revealed Rupert Murdoch was far from impressed with Trump’s knowledge of politics.
In the book, it was revealed Murdoch had a conversation over the telephone with Trump regarding a meeting with Silicon Valley leaders who were concerned about the issue of H-1B visas. Murdoch asked Trump how the meeting went, and Trump said it went great.
‘Oh, great, just great. These guys really need my help. Obama was not very favorable to them, too much regulation. This is really an opportunity for me to help them.’
Now, here’s the issue with that. Trump wanted to help Silicon Valley companies with H-1B visas. Those visas allow companies to recruit individuals from other countries who are experts in fields like IT and medicine. Basically, any professional level job requiring a BA can be considered for an H-1B visa.
If Trump wanted to help the tech companies with that, he would be doing the exact opposite of what he promised his supporters – being tough on immigration. Remember, Trump built his campaign and won the presidency using a platform that promoted America and Americans first, nationalism, and promoted anti-immigration policies that border on racist.
Murdoch tried to explain to Trump that siding with the tech companies wouldn’t work well with the promises he made during the campaign.
‘Murdoch suggested that taking a liberal approach to H-1B visas, which open America’s doors to select immigrants, might be hard to square with his promises to build a wall and close the borders.’
However, according to Wolff’s account, Trump didn’t care and simply said, “We’ll figure it out.”
After hanging up, Murdoch is reported to have said:
‘What a fucking idiot.’
That account should be way more surprising and explosive; however, it’s not. We’ve already heard plenty of reports coming from the White House of some of Trump’s top officials saying the same thing.
Back in October, NBC reported Trump had made comments that he wanted to increase the United States’ nuclear arsenal. It was a frightening report, especially when you consider how volatile Trump is. Furthermore, those who were in the room with him tried to explain why that was not possible. Trump, however, wouldn’t see it that way.
In response, Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called Trump “a fucking moron.” Tillerson would go on later to deny any allegations that he spoke that way about the president and addressed rumors he was ready to quit the job.
He may have denied it then, but we all know what is happening. The Republican party is regretting throwing in their support for Trump. Fox News may worship Trump; however, their own founder is reported to have called Trump an idiot. Hopefully, reports like these will continue to come forward, so perhaps actual Republican legislators won’t fear standing up to them. However, we aren’t holding our breath.
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