What can the public do about a President who doesn’t seem to know anything? Keep talking about all of his mistakes.
Longtime conservative columnist George Will published an article Wednesday night in which he called upon the public to contact their representatives to express their concerns about Trump, who he says has a “combination of impulsivity and credulity” that makes him “uniquely unfit to take the nation into a military conflict.”
“It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence,” he wrote.
He referred specifically to Trump’s recent historical gaffes, where POTUS suggested that not only would Andrew Jackson have stopped the Civil War — even though he was dead for over a decade at that point — but that nobody really asks “why was there the Civil War?”
During Black History Month, Trump also seemed to imply that abolitionist Frederick Douglass was still alive.
“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice,” the president said.
Besides noted gaps in his historical knowledge, Trump also seems to know little about some of the most important issues he has to face while doing his job. Will noted that the president doesn’t know the specifics of the nuclear triad (the method of delivering a nuclear weapon), or what has been the long-standing precedent on what to do with the world’s stock of nuclear weaponry.
As Will states, not only should we be worried about Kim Jong Un in North Korea, but they should be worried about us.
“As this column has said before, the problem isn’t that he does not know this or that, or that he does not know that he does not know this or that. Rather, the dangerous thing is that he does not know what it is to know something,” Will wrote.
Will is a longtime, Pulitzer Prize-winning, conservative journalist. He was once editor for the National Review before moving on to a syndicated column through the Washington Post and in Newsweek.
While Will has a long history within the Republican party — even having helped Ronald Reagan prepare for a debate against former President Jimmy Carter — he famously left the party in 2016 over its Trump nomination and called for Republican voters to “make sure he loses” and then take back the White House in 2020. This clearly didn’t happen.
Either way, people are responding to Will’s words. Many Democrats seems shocked by how much they agree with him.
I'm in agreement with George Will? Wow. https://t.co/C6V0bgVnie
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) May 4, 2017
And others are calling on everybody to take his message to heart.
Something breathtaking in having someone as deeply conservative/Republican as George Will issue a warning like this. How did we get here? pic.twitter.com/kK7JkiqUGV
— Elliott Lusztig (@ezlusztig) May 4, 2017