One man’s “moron” is another man’s “dope.”
Is that how it goes these days inside the White House, the center of power of the United States, the place where the Leader of the Free World practices his statecraft?
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson famously called Donald J. Trump a “bleeping moron.” When asked whether he said such a thing, Tillerson didn’t come close to denying it, saying only that he wouldn’t engage in “petty” discussions.
Now comes national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who reportedly called the president an “idiot” and a “dope” and someone with the attention span and intelligence of a kindergartner.
I’m feeling the burn, which more than likely is being lost on the target of the epithet.
The White House, to no one’s surprise, denies McMaster — a U.S. Army lieutenant general and an expert on terrorism — said such a thing.
What does one think about all of this?
I get no satisfaction hearing about this level of disparagement coming from top hands within a presidential administration. I consider it virtually unheard of at this level of government.
I know what I’ve said about the president, how I don’t believe he is suited temperamentally to hold the office to which he was elected. He has uttered some remarkably intemperate, inarticulate and indelicate statements since entering political life in June 2015.
Trump’s knowledge of any sort of intimate details of anything remains suspect to anyone who’s watched this man operate.
Finally, I am left to wonder if anyone should be surprised that Lt. Gen. McMaster — an acknowledged expert on national security — would say the president lacks the understanding of the complexities these issues present.
I’m now waiting for McMaster himself to deny saying it.