I have a debate with my friend Myles Berkowitz about who is the more-stupid Trump son -- Don Jr., or Eric. Myles insists on it being the elder of the two, Don Jr., because he regularly makes idiotic comments about things that are important, and keeps digging holes deeper for himself and others. I make the case for Eric since what he says and tweets are usually maniacally head-numbing imbecilic and racist, which while admittedly not on the high level of his brother, is on a more classic and personal level of pure unadulterated idiocy.
However, yesterday Don Jr. sent out a tweet that was so impressive in its stupidity that I have to say that it risks moving him up ahead of Eric. The question though is whether this was doltish enough on its own to transcend the full landscape, or as a "one-off," does it merely stand alone on its own as a single effort?
The tweet he wrote was --
What leaps out first and foremost is the amazing kindness he did to spill the beans that Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was actually fired and didn't resign (something he not only repeats later in the same paragraph, but then re-states for a third time in another tweet in the thread), which not only gives more meat to the Special Counsel for making a case of obstruction of justice, but offers up a full banquet.
If this alone was all her wrote in his tweet, dayenu. It would have been enough. That alone would have qualified him for the Fools Hall of Fame. But no, like all professional clodhoppers, he doesn't have a clue of the depths of his own words and continues on.
And so, second, from what he says here -- and from several other tweets that this is part of a thread of -- Don Jr. makes it very clear that he knows specifically what he's talking about with the memo, which therefore suggests he's read it. Which, if that's the case, would be highly problematic, since the document includes classified material and as far as anyone knows, he not only doesn't have security clearance for that, but isn't even part of the administration. Or even in the government. So, how on earth was he given access to read it?? Of course, it's possible that he's just being a blowhard and hasn't read the memo, which means he's yammering and arguing about something he knows absolutely nothing about. (And in fairness, that would be standard operation procedure.)
And third, last but not remotely least -- honestly, the tweet is utterly incomprehensible and foolish and appears to be wrong on every single level.
People aware of the memo actually do argue that it is factually inaccurate. That's it leaves out a great deal of information that would put the allegations in proper perspective. It is wrong to suggest there is a "scandal" at all, since actual experts have noted that everything the FBI did to get FISA warrants was done legally and properly. Moreover, it isn't merely names that the intelligence service wants to protect, but the process by which covert information and evidence was gathered. Nor was it "days later," since concern about releasing the memo was made long before Andrew McCabe quit -- sorry, I mean before he was fired. And McCabe wasn't "fired" a month before his retirement -- it was reported a full month ago when he would be retiring, and the announcement this week only confirmed and made official what was already known. At least, that's what I think Don Jr. is trying to say here when I run it through my decoder ring.
Actually, beyond this single epic, his whole series of tweets in this thread was a maniacal, bone-headed mess, but I would be doing Don Trump Jr. a grave disservice if I didn't acknowledge how seriously impressive it is for the astonishing amount of damning, empty-headed vacuity on such a major subject of high importance he could cram into 280 characters.
But I'm not remotely willing to concede to Myles just yet. Eric Trump, after all, has a portfolio of imbecility that is Shakepearean in its breadth and depth that would make Falstaff a piker and Puck's transformation into a donkey seem benign by comparison. So, the end is nowhere near in sight. Pure dunce-like emptiness is forever and will always have its place.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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