Paul Waldman, a contributor to the Washington Post and senior writer at The American Prospect, has a great piece today in the Post about Trump’s worrisome decision-making process. Trump, Waldman notes, is distrustful of those who know more than he does — and when it comes to public policy, Trump knows almost nothing, but thinks he does. Excerpt:
I suspect that distrust comes from what is obviously his profound intellectual insecurity — no actual smart person goes around saying things like “I’m, like, a smart person” and “Let me tell you, I’m a really smart guy” and “I have a very good brain” and “Look, if I were a liberal Democrat, people would say I’m the super genius of all time” and “Look, I went to the best school, I was a good student and all of this stuff. I mean, I’m a smart person,” unless they have some serious issues.
But for whatever reason, Trump is positively contemptuous of those with expertise, as we saw over and over during the campaign. Trump would assure us that “I know more about ISIS than the generals do,” or “I know more about renewables than any human being on earth” or “I think nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world.” These are things he actually said and seems to believe.
Trump’s intellectual insecurity and his contempt for expertise is deeply worrying.