Is Donald Trump Too Stupid To Be Guilty?

Is Donald Trump Too Stupid To Be Guilty?

One of the reasons it's so difficult to determine whether Donald Trump and members of his administration are "guilty" of colluding with a hostile foreign power is that it's hard to distinguish between criminality and stupidity. We often hear that while there's "a lot of smoke," there is, as of now anyway, "no fire." That's completely consistent with what generally happens when stupid people accidentally do something illegal. You end up being able to trace them to the crime, but you can't prove
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3 thoughts on “Is Donald Trump Too Stupid To Be Guilty?

  1. I read Boot’s column earlier this morning and loved it – glad to see it here too! One thought I have about him bragging to Russians about firing FBI….. he had confidence they would never rat him out, especially because he has the bond with his Russian buddies, so he didn’t count on that becoming public. But more likely because he just cannot turn off the part of his brain and be able to control his f’n mouth! He loves telling anyone who will listen how wonderful and how great he is! Stupid, oh yes, but I don’t think he is innocent in any way. He is a narcissistic asshole. (Psychoanalysis: erotic gratification derived from admiration of one’s own physical or mental attributes, being a normal condition at the infantile level of personality development.)

    Further, now that he is President he believes he is untouchable and above the law because Stephen Miller, Sr. Advisor to the President, told him that the president’s powers cannot be questioned (Feb 13, 2017) and Trump still believes it.

    – Murphy

  2. When “stupid people accidentally do something illegal.” Now there’s a phrase that if found acceptable as a defense in US courts would drastically reduce our prison overcrowding problem. Trump did not “accidentally” fire Comey. Trump intentionally sought to interfere with the Russia investigation by firing Comey. Trump admitted just that. He confessed to the Russians in his office, of all people, his understanding that by firing Comey he would took the pressure off the Russia investigation. That’s not stupid. He achieved exactly what he started out to do. That’s smart enough to achieve the object of his intentions. Nor did “diminished capacity,” enter into it, unless the capacity in issue is his capacity to give a damn about what anyone else in the universe thinks about what he says or does. What may have been his miscalculation, was the overwhelming negative reaction that the public wouldn’t let him get away with it. In the end, perhaps he’s wrong: maybe he can’t “stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody,” and get away with it.

    Some may argue that he’s so stupid, that he didn’t cognize that his conduct violated Federal criminal law; but if the argument supposes that this lack of cognition relieves him of criminal responsibility that’s quite a long stretch. Whatever causes a person to be a such a huge putz, whether it’s stupidity, or a combination of ignorance, arrogance, megalomania, corrupt mind, egomania, narcissistic personality disorder and the like, the law does not suffer such conditions gladly. And should a monumental miracle of uncertain origin ever occur that should his criminal trial one day unfolds in the courts of D.C., I doubt very much those jurors are going to buy the factual portrayal of “I am just stupid,” version of the facts, once the judge rejects stupidity as a legal defense.

  3. The ignorance excuse seems to have work rather well for Ms. Clinton… You know, once James Comey introduced it.

    On a side note, I see the brief respite we enjoyed after last week’s politically inspired nut-job mass shooting has waned. Guess I shouldn’t be too surprised, that’s the normal nature of more and more people these last days.

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