Donald Trump has a knack for spectacular displays of ignorance, both in form and in substance. After weeks of warring with black athletes over their supposed disrespect of the flag, Trump himself committed actual disrespect of the flag during his interview with Sean Hannity on Wednesday night. And if you think that performance was a little too on-the-nose, you're going to love this.
The supposed financial genius displayed Trump University-level expertise while trying to brag to Hannity about the stock market gains since he took office and explained how it has reduced the U.S. government's $20 trillion debt:
"The country — we took it over and owed over 20 trillion. As you know the last eight years, they borrowed more than it did in the whole history of our country. So they borrowed more than $10 trillion, right? And yet we picked up 5.2 trillion just in the stock market.
Possibly picked up the whole thing in terms of the first nine months, in terms of value. So you could say, in one sense, we're really increasing values. And maybe in a sense, we're reducing debt. But we're very honored by it. And we're very, very happy with what's happening on Wall Street."
As the entire world cried out in unison, that's not how this works. That's not how any of this works. Everybody knows the national debt is paid down by building transparent, drug-proof walls.
The sad part is that even Trump's bragging about the stock market is crap, as we've reported before. His stock market is underperforming Obama's significantly despite the mighty head start Obama gave him.
Still, given the other ways in which Trump's ignorance threatens life on Earth as we know it, you could almost consider this a moment of welcome relief.
Watch Trump and his crowd disrespect the flag below.