President Of The United States Donald Trump: What's A FISA? (We Aren't Joking)
Can we put a missile launcher on this thing, can we, huh?
The New York Times has a nice piece today about the many ways in which our new president is learning how to do his job. Which unlike other presidents, is an especially daunting task since Donald Trump -- to put it charitably -- is an empty-headed numpty who knows less about American government than a relatively bright high school student with a "B" average. It also doesn't help that he's a walking poster boy for the Dunning-Kruger effect, came into the job convinced he knew everything he needed to, and is highly resistant to actually learning new things that contradict his worldview.
Slack-jawed ignorance and the nuclear codes: not a great combination.
But Fallows wasn't in the room with Trump, so there was no need to pay him or other elitist "experts" any mind.
Next week: Trump discovers ISIS may be hard to defeat, even with torture.
By the end of the week, Trump will be saying he always wanted a tougher policy toward Syria.
There are lots of other fun examples of Donald Trump trying to learn how to president, even though learning is hard and boring and the ADHD Patient In Chief would much rather be golfing (where he does deals all the time, for America, you bet). But in a fine example of burying the lede, the Times might have given somewhat more prominence to this little detail?
So much of this is new to Mr. Trump that only after he publicly accused Mr. Obama of having wiretapped his telephones last year did he ask aides how the system of obtaining eavesdropping warrants from a special foreign intelligence court worked.writing about FISA issues way back in 2013!
Maybe Mr. Trump needs to engage the services of Charles Baker Harris, aka "Dill," from To Kill a Mockingbird. He can read. He can read anything you got. Good man to have around.
We don't even know why we find this surprising. Hell, a significant portion of the country could legitimately wear T-shirts saying "I know more than the president of the United States. Ask me!" (Hey, and we could be selling them!) But you'd think that at some point even during his very lazy prep for presidenting, Donald Trump might have picked up a thing or two about FISA and FISA warrants, maybe?
Then again, it took his team a while to find the White House light switches, so maybe there were other, more pressing priorities.
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