Today’s New York Times ran the story From an Anchor’s Lips to Trump’s Ears to Sweden’s Disbelief. In part:
On Friday night, Fox News aired an alarming six-minute segment in which the host, Tucker Carlson, interviewed a documentary filmmaker about a crisis of violence in Sweden ignited by the recent wave of Muslim migration.
“The government has gone out of its way to try to cover up some of these problems,” declared Ami Horowitz, the filmmaker.
“That is grotesque,” Mr. Carlson responded.
One of his viewers agreed, and in that moment was born a diplomatic incident that illustrates the unusual approach that President Trump takes to foreign policy, as well as the influence that television can have on his thinking. After watching the program, Mr. Trump threw a line into a speech the next day suggesting that a terrorist attack had occurred in Sweden the night before.
Just like that, without white papers, intelligence reports, an interagency meeting or, presumably, the advice of his secretary of state, the president started a dispute with a longtime American friend that resented his characterization and called it false. The president’s only discernible goal was to make the case domestically for his plans to restrict entry to the United States.
The Swedes were flabbergasted.
The word for “…the unusual approach that President Trump takes to foreign policy…” is stupid. Stupid — having or showing a great lack of intelligence or common sense. Unintelligent. Ignorant. Dense. Brainless. Mindless. Foolish. Dazed. Unable to think clearly.
Stupid added to “president of the U.S.” equals irresponsible.
“We are used to seeing the president of the U.S. as one of the most well-informed persons in the world, also well aware of the importance of what he says,” Carl Bildt, a former prime minister of Sweden, said by email on Monday. “And then, suddenly, we see him engaging in misinformation and slander against a truly friendly country, obviously relying on sources of a quality that at best could be described as dubious.”
The report of this sordid tale by Peter Baker and Sewell Chan is carefully mild.
“[T]he episode underscored that Mr. Trump obtains, processes and uses information differently from any modern president. He watches television at night and tends to incorporate what he sees into his Twitter feed, speeches and interviews.”
The diplomat is equally careful.
“It begs the question of where the president gets his information as he articulates his administration’s global approach,” said Mark Brzezinski, the ambassador to Sweden under President Barack Obama. “To do so in an improvisational way, based on snippets picked up from cable news, is a major mistake.”
Stupid is incapable of analysis. Stupid is unable to understand he is making a major mistake.
This man represents the political party that is also in control of the legislative branch of the U.S. government. The mistakes are piling up fast. The Republicans must stop stupid or be stupid too.