6 Trump Facts That Should Alarm You

The world got an in-depth and unvarnished look at the inner workings of the Trump White House last week, as excerpts from Michael Wolff’s new insider book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” were published. Through countless open-access interviews and even a few pump-priming private parties, Wolff obtained hours of source material that offered a play-by-play, multiple-viewpoint analysis of the utter chaos that is President Donald Trump’s first year in office — and highlighted exactly how unqualified Trump is for his role.

But Wolff’s yearlong documentation is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to a president who is mercurial, vindictive and vacillates between unearned overconfidence and overwhelming insecurity. As President Trump’s fitness for office comes even more under question, here are six more facts that should alarm you about our commander-in-chief.

1. He is described by former staff as a “semi-literate child.”

We’ve seen President Trump struggle with off-script speeches and utterly misunderstand news briefings. Apparently, this is well-known to his staffers, too, who have just as difficult of a time getting information into his brain.

“Pitching policy ideas to Trump was ‘deeply complicated,’ Wolff writes in his book, citing the belief among some close to the president that he ‘was no more than semi-literate,’” The Hill reports. ”Former deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh reportedly said working with Trump in those instances was ‘like trying to figure out what a child wants.’”

2. He has no sense of his own presidential power.

In an example of his “semi-literate” nature, the president tried to defend himself online, tweeting praise about his term using quotes from a national reporter. However, instead of calling his presidency “consequential” the president accidentally tweeted that it was “consensual.” Shortly after, he deleted the tweet and retweeted with the correct word.

For most people that would be no big deal. But President Trump has turned his Twitter account into a means of official presidential communication, announcing policy and campaigning veraciously through it. Deleting a tweet off the presidential record — even for something as minor as a typo — matters. And sadly, the president has no recognition of that fact, just as we have no idea how often his tweets are deleted once they are posted.

3. He’s hosting a “fake news” awards ceremony.

Likely trying to get the spotlight off the allegations in “Fire and Fury,” the president has announced he will be holding a “Fake News Awards” event — an event that was supposed to occur on January 8 but has now been rescheduled to the 17th.

This is unbelievably alarming for two reasons: First, the president should not be undermining the media — especially not as a way of punishing or trying to discredit those who report on his administration. Second, this is a person who is supposed to be busy running the country, not creating fictional media awards shows. Which leads to…

4. He barely spends any time actually performing his job.

Being the president of the United States is supposed to be a 24/7 job. For Donald Trump, however, the hours are roughly 11-6, and getting shorter. According to Axios, the president now engages in what is being dubbed “executive time,” the period from when he wakes until 11 a.m. where he watches cable news, reads tweets and makes phone calls from his residence. Even once he does head to the Oval Office, things aren’t much better:

Trump’s days in the Oval Office are relatively short – from around 11am to 6pm, then he’s back to the residence. During that time he usually has a meeting or two, but spends a good deal of time making phone calls and watching cable news in the dining room adjoining the Oval. Then he’s back to the residence for more phone calls and more TV.

5. He isn’t trusted to answer questions on his own.

With the Russia probe honing in on the president himself, it’s near time for Robert Mueller to bring him in for his own questioning. That alarms the president’s handlers, who are asking if Trump can respond to written questions, or just avoid the interview all together.

NBC News reports:

In addition to the possibility of suggesting the president submit written responses in place of an interview, a second person familiar with the president’s legal strategy said another possibility being contemplated was an affidavit signed by the president affirming he was innocent of any wrongdoing and denying any collusion. It was not clear what such an affidavit might state regarding the president’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017 at a time when [FBI Director James] Comey was leading the Russia probe.

6. He needs a mental and physical health evaluation.

Of course, all presidents have a yearly check up to prove they are healthy enough for the presidency. But no one in prior history has undergone theirs with so much interest — or such a desperate need to prove that their mental state is sound.

Donald Trump will attempt to end speculation about his mental and physical suitability for the presidency next week by undergoing a formal health check,” The Telegraph reports, adding, “By undergoing his first formal medical check since entering the White House, Mr Trump hopes to put to bed allegations about his mental state that emerged this week.”

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R15 days ago


Danuta W
Danuta Wabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing

Ann W
Ann W2 months ago

Memo to Donald Trump (sorry, I don't have a Twitter account) - Re Point 6 - Being physically fit does not follow that you are equally mentally fit - Sir!

Rachel -
Rachel -2 months ago

So yeah, calling out fake news is only alarming to propagandists...Robin Marty. What you should be alarmed about is that nobody told Trump libel laws are handled by the states - there's no federal libel law, there sparky - and conveniently forgot he's a public figure. Yup, he doesn't get it. But go ahead, keep sounding the alarm that Hillary Clinton lost to a crass boor with no law degree. Keep claiming he colluded with Russia, whatever that means, and have fun heating up the Cold War as North Korea comes to a head and alienating more people from your party. On the other hand, you could look at the trend toward populism, not just here but in Europe, and realize it's not like Trump is going to be the last candidate to go against phony-liberal globalists.. so instead, you might want to quit drinking the koolaid of propagandists and work on reforming the Democratic Party.

Rachel -
Rachel -2 months ago

LMAO what?? Robin Marty quotes from a dubiously sourced book, by an author with a sketchy relationship with journalistic ethics - who admits parts of his book might not even be true - whose sole purpose is to show the President as crazy, unfit for office.....and then gets alarmed over a Fake News Award? Too funny.

That said, the gossipy Fire and Fury should not take the fake news prize; that should go to MSNBC. Any outlet that can make a major political party go full conspiritard on Trump-Russia collusion with an egghead like Rachel Maddow as their Alex Jones deserves recognition. When they got some people actually believing the old guard GOP wants to knock down this presidency for good motives, all rational people knew the brainwashing was complete.

What cable news won't touch is that establishment neocons and neoliberals work together to keep us in conflict with Russia, primarily, because they covet the military industrial complex and war. Likewise, its pundits speak on behalf of multinational corporations that support these people because they worship the globalist trade agenda, which is why they opposed a populist outsider like Trump and exclude 3rd party candidates. And that includes Fox btw who, if you noticed, were never really pro-Trump until he became the nominee, when they had to tolerate him for ratings.

Angelika Kempter
Angelika Kempter2 months ago

Noted-Thank you-

Winn A
Winn A2 months ago


Winn A
Winn A2 months ago

Are you kidding ????????????? Only 6???????????? Seriously ?????????????

Cathy B
Cathy B2 months ago

I am alarmed, very alarmed!

Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E2 months ago

brian f
The truth that YOU don't seem to be a real "person" here is that I have told you at least a half dozen times in the last few days that I am Canadian. Anyone with at least one functioning brain cell would remember that.
I support policy , tend to lean Liberal IN MY COUNTRY !!!
I express myself about trump things because what he is doing has an effect on things in NORTH AMERICA !!!
BOT your name is brian f