We’re all used to politicians lying – either baldly (“Is the sky blue? No, it’s pink.”) or by avoiding the subject altogether (“Is the sky blue? I think the question shouldn’t be is the sky blue, but whether the colour really matters.”). But normally you can see some rationale behind the lie – there’s some genuine advantage to the politician by lying.
And seeing a politician who doesn’t bow down to the media is somewhat gratifying. At least when it serves some purpose.
But headbutting the media and spouting easily disproved lies about the number of people attending Trump’s inauguration?
Crass stupidity and arrogance of the first order.
There’s no point to it – after all who really cares how many people were stroking Trump’s ego on the day? After all his ego doesn’t need any bolstering, and even if it did there were still plenty of people in attendance.
Shattering the establishment (which is something I don’t believe Trump really intends no matter how much he claims) is all very well, and indeed to be encouraged. But you don’t accomplish it by picking stupid fights over nothing important.
Trump is in danger of giving a new word to label stupidity – Trumpidity.