I appreciate that the word "epic" is overused these days. It has become, for too many writers, a too-common, damn-near obligatory synonym for "monumental." But, as is highlighted in the following segment of a Paul Waldman column, only epic seems to precisely capture the monumental stupidity of Trump:
During the campaign, Trump said that in contrast to the "stupid people" who had been negotiating for the United States in the past, he'd sit the Chinese down and say, "Listen you mother f---ers, we're going to tax you 25 percent." And then they'd give us back our jobs. You may have noticed that this hasn't happened yet….
And when he recently met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Xi had to school Trump in the relationship between his country and North Korea. The master negotiator asked Xi to bring North Korea to heel, but "after listening for 10 minutes, I realized it's not so easy," Trump later said. "I felt pretty strongly that they had a tremendous power" over North Korea, "but it's not what you would think." Trump also dropped his threat to label China a currency manipulator; someone must have informed him that while China used to devalue its currency in order to boost exports, it hasn't done so in years.
I do wonder where Immanuel Kant would have placed Trump. Professor Kant said he taught to the middle, since the really stupid students were hopeless and the truly bright ones were self-sufficient. Trump seems capable of picking up bits and pieces of learning here and there. Still, as the above demonstrates, the man is, without question, an epic imbecile.