Trump responds to claims he is mentally unfit by saying he is 'a very stable genius'
One of these days, we might actually make it through a whole 24 hours without Trump tweeting something ridiculous or controversial... but today is not that day.
Just in this past week alone, the president has already tweeted about his nuclear button being bigger than Kim Jong Un's (which seems as if he might be a little insecure about something), claimed that he will "be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR", and labeled Michael Wolff - the author behind the bestselling Fire and Fury book - "total loser who made up stories".
And now he's posted a three-part rant about "Fake News", "Crooked Hillary Clinton", and the fact that he is - according to him - "a very stable genius".
The poorly-worded and ellipses-riddled tweets were fired off by the President this morning in an apparent reaction to some people worrying that he is unfit for office.
Just a few days ago, Yale psychiatrist and violence expert Dr. Bandy X Lee claimed that Trump's behavior was extremely concerning. "From a medical perspective, when we see someone unraveling like this, it’s an emergency," she said.
Following that, leaked excerpts from Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House claimed that Trump was originally "horrified" to learn that he had won the election to become president and that he hated living in the White House. According to Wolff, "In the first days [at the WH], he ordered two television screens in addition to the one already there, and a lock on the door, precipitating a brief standoff with the Secret Service, who insisted they have access to the room."
And, on January 3rd, several Latin American leaders labeled Trump as "insane" after he asked them whether they were "sure" they didn't want a war with Venezuela.
All of this seems to have had a cumulative effect on the president, who decided to respond with this rant:
In the first tweet, he references the challenges to his "mental stability", and claims that they are only coming out now because his rumored collusion with Russia has "proven to be a total hoax". Already there are some problems with this. First of all, there has been no "proof" that Trump did or did not collude with Russia, and, secondly, Trump's reference to Ronald Reagan seems to imply that he has forgotten that the former president did actually have Alzheimer's.
Then, he moves on to his two favorite subjects: himself, and "Crooked Hillary Clinton". He claims that his "two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart," which sounds like something a 13-year-old school kid would say, and goes on to describe himself as a "VERY successful businessman" - neglecting to account for all those times he went bankrupt.
The final tweet of the trio is somehow most alarming, as Trump claims that he became president "on [his] first try" - but this is completely false. Donald Trump originally ran for office way back in 2000, so either he is trying to dupe his followers into believing this was his first shot, or - and this is a terrifying prospect - he has forgotten.
And, as usual, people called him out for his ridiculous statements.
As bizarre and as worrying as all of this is, there's a good chance we'll see some even crazier ones in the future. Maybe even later today.