Enraged by widespread speculation about his mental state and fitness for office, President Donald Trump defended himself on Twitter Saturday morning as “very smart” and “a stable genius” amid allegations contained in an incendiary book about the Trump administration released this week.
Questions about the president’s mental health had for months been relegated to the sidelines of the country’s political debate. But a damning new book by journalist Michael Wolff has thrust the issue into the mainstream, forcing White House aides to address it head-on in television interviews and at the daily press briefing.
Even Fox News, the conservative news channel and the president’s most vocal media cheerleader, has started to acknowledge the questions about the president’s state of mind, running a segment early Saturday morning titled, “Media questions Trump’s mental state.”
Trump unleashed his Twitter rant just minutes after the Fox segment, further elevating the issue and ensuring that the topic gets more attention than ever, even as the White House tries to focus on crafting a legislative agenda.
“Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence…..” the president tweeted at 7:19 a.m., hours before a scheduled meeting with congressional GOP leaders at Camp David.
Several minutes later, Trump added: “…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). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”