President Trump took to Twitter late on Tuesday night in order to vehemently deny some of the more damaging allegations from veteran journalist Bob Woodward’s upcoming book, Fear: Trump in the White House.
The Washington Post’s preview of the Woodward book, which was compiled by interviews with current White House staffers and officials, accuse the president of having insulted his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, calling him “mentally retarded” and a “dumb Southerner” for having recused himself from the Trump-Russia investigation, which Trump wanted him to interfere in on his behalf.
“This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”
It must have struck the president at some point during the day that perhaps he should address the allegations of rudeness against Southerners, who make up a large part of his supporter base and might not take too kindly to hearing their accents be so disrespected by an uppity big-city politician.
The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions “mentally retarded” and “a dumb southerner.” I said NEITHER, never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff, and being a southerner is a GREAT thing. He made this up to divide!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
But his refuting tweet is an obvious indication that he doth protest too much. After all, his animosity for Sessions has been well-documented by his own behavior; the president feels personally slighted by the Attorney General’s refusal to abuse his power to derail Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation and reports indicate he’s looking to fire Sessions after the mid-term elections in November.
And of course, there’s also the president’s track record of using the word “retard” to disparage people who speak differently from him, like when he would continuously insult and demean the Apprentice’s Marlee Matlin as being “retarded” just because she was deaf.
Of course, this evidence won’t mean much to Trump’s base, who would likely not care one whit if Trump actually shot someone on Fifth Avenue like he boasted he could. But for the rest of us, it’s yet another appalling reminder of what a boorish churl occupies the White House and how unfit he is to be there.