Below are four aphorisms of logic that we can handily use to show that Trump really is the malignant fool that he seems to be. Unfortunately, the true impact of Trump’s malevolently irrational behavior has been mediated by the mainstream media attempting to normalize his unhinged behavior. The American media has been used to dealing with at least moderately competent Presidencies, where the Administration is led by a person with a semblance of a program, or at least a rudimentary moral compass. In this instance, from the evidence of his own words and deeds, Trump is an incompetent narcissist whose only interest is in himself. These four aphorisms clear the logical picture of a mad, bad President:
“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity” Hanlon’s Razor
“Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity, but don’t rule out malice.” Heinlein’s Razor
“other things being equal, simpler explanations are generally better than more complex ones” A variation upon Occam’s Razor
“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.” The Duck Test
To sum all of this up in my own words:
Before we attribute Trump’s terrible performance as President to his being a malevolent master manipulator, we can see that almost all of his behavior as President can be logically attributed to his own ignorance and incompetence. However, we cannot rule out the fact that Trump, besides being narcissistically ignorant, also appears to be a virulent racist and bigot. This is because the simplest explanation of his behavior is that he is merely a raging racial demagogue, with an inability to be honest with himself, much less the American people that he badly represents. Since Trump’s behavior, on its’ own, fits the definition of an angry, incompetent fool given too much power, we need not look for a deeper explanation of his behavior, that provides him the cover of at least having some sort of Machiavellian manipulation in mind.
The idea for this post is derived from the incomparable Nate Silver’s article: The Media Needs To Stop Rationalizing President Trump’s Behavior