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Early Saturday morning, Trump unleashed his latest tweet storm responding to speculation that he’s mentally unfit or possibly not intelligent enough to be the leader of the free world. This public opinion was stirred once again by excerpts from Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury, which gives an “inside look” at the chaos inside the White House.
“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star to President of the United States (on my first try),” Trump tweeted. “I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”
....to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
“A very stable genius, you say?” the internet asked in unison at Trump’s latest assertion of his presidential strength. “We’ll see about that.”
Using the hashtag #stablegenius, Twitter users have rallied around Trump’s self-imposed title to get to the bottom of who this so-called intellectual and sound individual really is.
Some made it clear that this stable genius, despite Trump’s insistence, might not actually be Trump himself.
Even Trump’s statement on being a “stable genius” wasn’t completely… truthful. He didn’t win the presidency on his first run—he initially ran under the Reform Party in 2000 before shortly dropping out before the primaries. Was it a conscious submission? Or perhaps a slip of the mind? I’m sure stable geniuses have their off days, too…
Human experience tells us that people who are geniuses don't go around saying they are geniuses. Same also applies to people who are very stable.— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 6, 2018
By the way, @realDonaldTrump also ran for President in 2000. Another day, another series of bizarre tweets & lies from #stablegenius https://t.co/ngZ4hc7l5u
Hey #stablegenius— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) January 6, 2018
Obama won on his first try AND won the popular vote. Also won a Nobel, shepherded economic recovery & secured healthcare for millions.
You lost on your first try (Reform Party in 2000), lost the popular vote to Hillary & tanked Trumpcare. Also, you crazy.
Others decided they actually might know someone, or perhaps something, that might be more suited for the job.
And of course, how could you talk about stable geniuses without bringing up Mister Ed, the famous talking horse on American TV in the ’60s and his team of horse friends.
The One and Only Real Stable Genius... pic.twitter.com/EyapLoXRy9— Allen Marshall (@AllenCMarshall) January 6, 2018
Stable genius. pic.twitter.com/E0e2aOkzGB— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) January 6, 2018
nothing but respect for MY stable genius pic.twitter.com/ETyTywyiC6— maya kosoff (@mekosoff) January 6, 2018
A true “stable genius.” pic.twitter.com/r6xbAQtt0s— Jay Kuo (@nycjayjay) January 6, 2018
Only very stable genius we recognize pic.twitter.com/LZfSTmRjxs— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 6, 2018
stable genius pic.twitter.com/iKmNxx1gZA— nick (@nick_pants) January 6, 2018
In reality, it is most definitely all of us who are the stable geniuses for having been able to adjust to this nonstop news cycle of gloom, doom, and unbelievable, surreal developments for the past year.
Hahahahahaha pic.twitter.com/9BfapDD6IQ— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) January 6, 2018
Yes. It’s all of us. The stable geniuses of the world.
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.