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The president, speaking after a NATO summit in Brussels, made the comment when talking about his use of social media during a press conference. Specifically, the reporter asked if he would tweet things on Air Force One after leaving the summit that would contradict his public positions.
“No, that’s other people that do that. I don’t. I’m very consistent. I’m a very stable genius,” Trump said.
Donald Trump is asked whether he'll be saying one thing at NATO and tweeting another after he departs.— Bloomberg (@business) July 12, 2018
The president says he won't, adding: "I'm a very stable genius." https://t.co/nFDJtEndRK pic.twitter.com/hh2KDHAMJY
In January, Trump dubbed himself a “very stable genius” and “like, really smart” in a series of tweets where he lamented about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and pushed back against calls that he was mentally unfit to hold office.
“….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…..,” he wrote, adding in another tweet: “….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!”
The tweet was quickly mocked by people online, and after he resurfaced it again on Thursday, the jokes came quickly.
“Very stable genius” is BACK!— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) July 12, 2018
"I'm a very stable genius." -Donald Trump, speaking at #NATO headquarters.— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) July 12, 2018
... in front of the entire world.
Stable Genius?— Andrew Goss ✊USAF✊ (@Goss30Goss) July 12, 2018
I'm going to have to call BULLSHIT on that one. pic.twitter.com/by8NYFbXpj
Because who among us doesn't call himself a "Stable Genius" in a news conference in front of the entire frigging world.— John Bechard (@JohnBechard) July 12, 2018
“I’m a very stable genius”. Yup, Trump just said that in his press conference during the NATO Summit.— Chris Morrison (@duffmom) July 12, 2018
Trump just reminded the entire world that he’s a “very stable genius.”— They All Axed for You Gamma (@GammaBolt) July 12, 2018
Trump just replied to a press Q with "I'm a very stable genius" without a hint of irony.— Cate Moore (@cate_a_moore) July 12, 2018
And despite the president’s insistence that “other people do that,” that’s exactly what he did just last month.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).