Why Dummy Donald?

Why is Donald Trump a dummy? Because he doesn’t have these characteristics of an intelligent person:

  • Brilliant people don’t need to proclaim their brilliance. If your intelligence isn’t patently obvious by what you choose to say and the manner in which you say it, you’re probably not as smart as you think you are. For the most part, Donald has the vocabulary and speech patterns of a sixth grader. In addition, whenever a person regularly repeats a claim (such as “I have a wonderful brain,” “Believe me, folks,” or “I guarantee that…”), it usually indicates that the opposite is true. Repetition and gross exaggeration are Trump trademarks.
  • An intelligent person knows when to be quiet. This isn’t one of Donald’s traits. He can’t shut up even when it’s obviously in his interest to do so. 
  • Smart people tend to be thoughtful. Recognizing that not every thought is a gem, they consider the impact of an idea before presenting it. They don't float “trial balloons” to the general public simply to gauge the response—or to stir things up. 
  • Bright people know that lies aren't substitutes for facts. Lies—especially ones made up on the spur of the moment—are often easy to disprove. When you rely on facts, there’s nothing to be disproved. Donald's speeches are peppered with lies that are easily refuted by political fact-checking groups, such as Politifact.com and FactCheck.org.
  • Smart people know which sources are safe to quote. They don’t quote The National Enquirer, minor bloggers, or anonymous Twittiots (Twitter idiots). Donald obviously thinks that any source is as good as any other.
  • When an intelligent person says “lots of people agree with me,” he or she typically means that experts, noted people, or the majority of the population agree. When Trump says it, he frequently means that some people on Twitter agree with him. Online discussion sites have led people to believe that—in addition to merely having an opinion on a subject—everyone’s opinion has equal merit and needs to be heard. Although the First Amendment does give U.S. citizens the rights of free speech, every opinion is not equal. In particular, when they’re uninformed and add nothing to the discussion, they’re just a noisy distraction. Donald is a noisy distraction.
  • A brilliant person doesn’t believe that everything negative in life is the result of a conspiracy. Donald, however, has apparently never met a conspiracy theory he didn’t like and repeats them as though they’re the gospel.
    • First, a conspiracy requires that multiple people conceal a terrible secret. How likely is it that any five people you know could conceal such a secret? How about 100, 1,000, or 100,000 people? Pretty unlikely.
    • Second, when hearing of a possible conspiracy, smart people apply a plausibility test; that is, if a theory seems implausible or ridiculous, chances are excellent that you should not repeat it. (Remember last summer when the military announced upcoming training exercises in the Southwest? Conspiracy theorists insisted it was a plot to: (1) confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens, and (2) spirit away their children using tunnels dug beneath abandoned Wal-Mart stores. The correct response to this conspiracy theory should have been “Seriously??” rather than “I’ll look into it.” This is an excellent example of why many refer to Republicans (especially their base) as the Party of Stupid—not the Party of Ideas.)
  • Bright people mature and learn as they age. Many of Donald’s philosophies seem to have been formed in kindergarten, such as resorting to name calling and utterances like “If you hit me first, I’ll hit you back… harder.” Donald needs to grow up.

Finally, contrary to what the For Dummies book series would have you believe, a “dummy" is not a cute term that means uninformed. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a dummy is "a stupid person.” Donald Trump shares none of the characteristics of a brilliant person (or even the traits of someone with above average intelligence), constantly making idiotic pronouncements and tweets that are wholly unsupported by facts.

Hence, Dummy Donald.

—Steve (DummyDonald.com), July 3, 2016

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