Is DT Illiterate?

By Granny Mumantoog, a Trail Mix Contributor

I’ve decided to take another short break from my design enterprise to post a topic of interest to me. I haven’t seen any (relevant) place where I can put this as a comment in the last few days, so I’m just going to take the bull(sh*t) by the horns.

I’ve become a fan of David Pakman’s YouTube channel recently and his stories about trumplestiltskins illiteracy have mirrored something that I’ve been thinking for quite a while.

I’ve said on this forum and elsewhere that I find it worrisome that he just signs whatever is put in front of him. He seems to just do what his people want him to do without any thought or foresight and certainly without any research on the issue…which would require reading. I’ve heard him say many times, off-handedly, that he doesn’t read and any time anyone asks him about a certain report, book, article or anything that required reading, he always says he hasn’t read it. It doesn’t appear to me that he even listens to audio books. The man has the attention span of a flea so any research that requires more than 5 minutes would be beyond his scope from what I’ve seen, read and heard!

Possible illiteracy, coupled with the fact that he can’t string 3 coherent sentences together when asked important questions, should worry any American with more than two brain cells! This man is a puppet president in many more ways than one. Russia may be the least of our worries if his incompetence isn’t addressed soon!

There are 3 (Pakman) videos on the illiteracy issue, and another couple that either mention the issue or other people’s (or countries’) responses to the issue etc. The 3 main videos are from Feb 2, 6, and 13 respectively. Wondering what everyone thinks about this issue or if anyone but me thinks that it is an issue.

That’s it for now, boys and girls. Hope you enjoy the show LOL!

Sue aka Granny Mumantoog

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  1. variety at msn:

    PricewaterhouseCoopers ‘Sincerely Apologizes’ for Oscar Mix-Up, Plans to Investigate

    PricewaterhouseCoopers, the official accountant of the Academy Awards, issued a statement on the embarrassing flub on Sunday night’s Oscars, in which Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read “La La Land” as best picture instead of the actual winner, “Moonlight.”

    “We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture,” the statement read. “The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.”

  2. Someone recorded Donald’s words as spoken with an upper-class, British accent.  (This was during the primaries, when the media didn’t take his run seriously.) It was pretty amazing how much more educated his words sounded, although the content was the same.

    I get the impression that he may have always had someone give him the Cliff’s Notes version of everything. Now, BananaNazi is giving him his notes and Trump will never question him. BananaNazi makes me miss Karl Rove.
     

  3. So I can just imagine being backstage at the Oscars last night when somebody said “Where’d this extra envelope come from?”

  4. granny, thank you for the thread topic today.  a lot of work went into that. kudos for the vid collection.

    you said: Wondering what everyone thinks about this issue or if anyone but me thinks that it is an issue.

    it’s an issue. bigly sad one.

  5. but didn’t he need to read  to get thru school?

    an old 2011 story at salon:

    Just what kind of student was Donald Trump?
    He claims President Obama was a “terrible” student, but Trump’s own academic history raises serious questions

  6. but could it be a form of dyslexia?

    remember the brouhaha over “unpresidented”?  from the December guardian:

    The president-elect can’t spell. This is the least of our Donald Trump problems, but interesting nonetheless. The explanations that come to mind are that he is one of the following: a) careless; b) dyslexic; c) illiterate; or d) showings signs of dementia.

     

    also status of vision should be explored. has he had laser surgery to correct near/far vision? have his eyes changed in his later years?  is there a physical (we already know there’s a mental one) disconnect between what he sees and how it’s interpreted in his brain?

    can his condition be an example of  (as wiki says)  “Savant syndrome is a condition in which a person with a developmental difference demonstrates profound and prodigious capacities or abilities far in excess of what would be considered normal” ?

  7. Patd has listed all the options I’ve considered.  At first I assumed some sort of dyslexia due to the obvious reading problems.  Now some diminished mental capacity seems to enter in based purely on the repeated words and phrases that certainly reflect a coping mechanism.  What is terrifying is that there doesn’t seem to be any effort to check his ability to function as President.

     

  8. we know he is a megalomaniac, egoist, self-image obsessed… so what’s surprising that he may have glasses at home but is careful never to be caught on camera wearing them.    reminds me of this ditty

  9. GrannyM…  wow…  great post!

    David Pakman makes a very compelling case for frump’s lack of reading ability.  It explains much of his simplistic and oft repeated statements no matter the issue.   He really needs to go back to the world his little mind has created….   anywhere but on earth.

     

  10. Renee: Great article! I hope that trend continues so that the numbers of  women in government will continue to grow and eventually we’ll have a real equal playing field in politics!

    Jamie: “What is terrifying is that there doesn’t seem to be any effort to check his ability to function as President.” That is exactly what concerns me the most, and what is the most mystifying in this world where everybody is investigated for everything all the time. It seems like no matter what he does or however incompetent he seems, everyone just looks the other way. Does he know where all the bodies are buried or is this just all we can expect now in the new reality tv world we live in? 

  11. So drumpf’s pick for SecNav withdrew from consideration- because of ethics rules re his financial entanglements among other things. How ironic is that?

  12. granny, imho everyone just looks the other way until they get their pet projects passed and their power solidified. then, when he’s not useful to them anymore, we’ll see impeachment movement threatened to the point he’ll have to voluntarily resign rather than go to jail or nuthouse.

  13. (CNN) Former President George W. Bush offered some muted criticism for President Donald Trump Monday during a wide-ranging interview on NBC’s “Today” show that touched on Russia, the travel ban and the free press.
    Bush said “we all need answers” regarding an investigation into reported ties between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government. But the former president stopped short of calling for a special prosecutor, saying instead that if Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr made the recommendation, “it would have a lot more credibility with me.”
    [….]

    Bush also offered a defense of the press when asked about his relationship with the media during his administration. In response to a question about Trump labeling the media “the enemy of the people,” Bush answered, “I considered the media to be indispensable to democracy.”
    “Power can be very addictive, and it can be corrosive” Bush said. “And it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse power.”
    “One of the things I spent a lot of time doing, trying to convince a person like Vladimir Putin, for example, to accept the notion of an independent press,” he said. “And it’s kind of hard to tell others to have an independent, free press if we’re not willing to have one ourselves.”

  14. Published on Feb 26, 2017
    Congressional Republicans could soon vote to repeal Obamacare.
    John Oliver explores why their replacement plans are similar to a thong.

  15. Donald Trump: Prove your capability to initiate and/or recall a nuclear attack. Prove your ability to use the contents of the football. Prove your ability to detect misuse by another who is supposedly ‘helping’ you through the procedure. Donald. Prove you are not a total FRAUD!

  16. Got this email from 45 although I did not sign up for it. He must have inherited Obama’s White House email list.

    He wants my opinion!
    He writes:

    In just two days, President Donald J. Trump will deliver his highly anticipated first Address to a Joint Session of Congress.

    There is an incredible spirit of optimism sweeping across the Nation, and in preparation for this address, the President has hosted numerous listening sessions at the White House. During these meetings he has heard from men and women from all over the country about issues that are impacting American families, communities, and workers.

    Now is your chance to give your input. We want to know what issues you want President Trump to focus on and your ideas for the future of our country.

    It will only take a couple minutes to complete the survey.

    Take the Survey NowThe President is checking off the promises he made to the American people, and he won’t stop until the job is done.The forgotten men and women of this great Nation will be forgotten no longer. That is the heart of this movement. As President Trump has made clear, this is your country and this is your Government, and now we want to hear from you. 

  17. Little Boots seems to have commented upon the press.  I do believe the little tyke has picked up a notion or two along the way……..

  18. D’ya think his teleprompters are there to camouflage his illiteracy/dyslexia/blindness ?

    I’ve noticed that some blind people are also frightened by the prospect of descending stairs.

  19. I saw that interview with GWBush on YouTube and I never thought I would be impressed by him but he got to me! Sturg is right, little Georgie has grown up and sounds almost Presidential. I don’t think trumplestiltskin will ever impress me or sound Presidential, or even competent beyond a 4th grade level to me though, no matter how long I wait. LOL!

    Had to post this little addendum to today’s discussion. It just cracked me up…seems trump supporters are not even as smart as he is:

  20. Pat: I forgot to comment on your earlier querie about how he could have gotten through school. The Salon article was also very good. Clearly the man has balls much bigger than…his hands  😉

    There have been movies and documentaries devoted to the subject of how illiterate people get by and even graduate from school etc. In his case, I’m sure he paid people to do papers for him at the very least. I doubt if he did anything other than just pass at Wharton.

     

  21. Trump had all insurance CEOs in one room.  Too bad the hell-mouth didn’t open up and swallow them. Scumbags.

    Oh, and my RX was denied because they only pay for it if it’s for one, specific thing…and that’s not even what it was created for; they only help if it’s for some, odd, off-label use.

     

  22. After quitting school at the age of 16 to become a welder in B’ham, Ala, me old Da rose, thru various and sundry circumstances to carry a biggish stick at the local naval shipyard……..he’d never read another “book” after quitting high school……..he could read the fuck out of instructional and technical data papers, though…..or so he said…….

  23. Pat, I’m mostly just really fatigued now. Fortunately, I listened to the advice of all those who said see the doc if things progressed, which both they and I did.

  24. Ms Mumantog,

    The deadbeat didn’t attend Wharton. However, he did take a few classes at Wharton. The Wharton claim is just another one of trumpoleon’s lies.

  25. yesterday at governors mtg in wh, he talked about it being hard to get into Harvard and wharton but not so hard once you’re there… this was during his spiel on how complicated healthcare issue is.

  26. from 2015 article at the ivy coach:

    …..there’s a piece in “The Daily Pennsylvanian,” the newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania, that discusses Donald Trump’s undergraduate education and we figured we’d share it with our readers, since our post on Trump did generate quite a bit of traffic. Like him or not, the man is a media machine. What can we say. Here’s what Dan Spinelli wrote in his piece on Trump in “The Daily Pennsylvanian”: “Whenever his intellectual credibility is questioned or mocked, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is quick to remind everyone where he attended college. ‘I went to the Wharton School of Finance,’ he said multiple times in a July 11 speech in Phoenix, Ariz. ‘I’m, like, a really smart person.’ Trump transferred into Wharton’s undergraduate program — then known as the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce — after spending two years at Fordham University in New York. He graduated in 1968 and has embraced the school’s card-carrying prestige ever since.” He sure has.

    The piece goes on to say, “In an Aug. 16 television interview on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ he described the school as ‘probably the hardest there is to get into.’ He added, ‘Some of the great business minds in the world have gone to Wharton.’ ‘Why do you have to tell us all the time that you went to Wharton?’ moderator Chuck Todd asked. ‘People know you’re successful.’ ‘They know it’s a great business school,’ Trump replied. Despite Donald Trump’s repeated touting of his Wharton diploma, the school has declined to comment to various news organizations about the famous alum…’

    In my opinion, that [Wharton] degree doesn’t prove very much, but a lot of people I do business with take it very seriously, and it’s considered very prestigious,’ Trump wrote.”

    Do you believe that Trump’s flaunting of his Wharton degree while stumping on the campaign trail is good or bad for Wharton and the larger University of Pennsylvania? We’re curious to hear what our readers think so be sure to post a Comment below. Oh, and be sure to note how Donald Trump may well have been admitted to Wharton because of a ‘friendly favor’ from an admissions officer who happened to know his older brother. Who you know can matter. Anyone who suggests otherwise happens to be incorrect.

     

  27. usatoday:

    Social media erupted Monday night after Kellyanne Conway, a White House senior adviser, was pictured kneeling on the Oval Office couch to snap a photo of President Trump with leaders of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities.

    The moment sparked an array of emotions from all sides of the viral spectrum:

  28. definition from bing

    mis·pri·sion

    [misˈpriZHən]

    the deliberate concealment of one’s knowledge of a treasonable act or a felony.
     

  29. I put the Wharton claims in with the IRS claims … Has anyone seen the papers?  Every attempt to listen to Trump garbling the English language indicates that it isn’t one with which he is familiar.

  30. I always thought Wharton was the name of the graduate degree or the graduate business school and all  he has is an undergraduate degree   no doubt purchased for him

  31. Final note on this…I think 😉

    A lot of morons have blundered their way into college degrees. I personally know someone who graduated from college and is maybe, possibly, too close to call…stupider than trumplestiltskin. In my years in human services I ran across people who had faked their way through at least high school. There are lots of tricks these people use to get by. DT is rich enough to buy a lot of help. He is too enamored with himself to realize that he exposes his ignorance primarily when he speaks, but he’ll never shut up so I hope eventually that will bite him in the ass.

    Pat: I love how he says ‘I’m, like, a really smart person.’ all the time. I’ve heard him say some version of that on several occasions. Don’t know who he’s trying to convince…maybe himself. Of course, he’s right. He is LIKE a smart person, except for the ‘smart’ part!

    Jamie: Ha, he does speak English like it’s a second language. The only problem is that I don’t think he actually speaks any other languages either. LOL!

    Craig: I’ll check out the thread tonight, but really can’t stand to watch the neon lunatic speak. I’m sure he’ll sound like the moronic war monger he is, won’t take responsibility for anything and will blame anybody and everybody else whenever possible. Sadly nobody who matters will tell it like it is and if anyone does, it will be called fake news by trump and his henchmen. We live in frightening times! The voices of reason and sanity need to start getting louder!

  32. KC, certainly the Wharton grad school is what carries the most prestigious reputation.

    Sturge, waughing out woud!

  33. Still debating whether or not to watch.  Probably will opt for begin watching and last as long as I can take Trump Trumping.  It is always painful, but it might be important.

  34. pretend you’re at nascar,  Daytona speedway or Olympics slaloms with high chance of out of control crash …

  35. I did go to the tail-end of the Wharton program. Trump was not among those who received an honor or award for anything. Even my intellectually challenged  daughter, Alice, received annual awards for being “Neither Absent nor Tardy.” At 50, alone in her trailer, several years ago she hanged herself on the day before Christmas Eve. I’m sure she was much more appreciated at work in her Waffle House than she would have been in in one of Donald’s establishments.

    On a brighter note, I did have a cousin go to Wharton for his MBA. Not too long after, he did a stint in D.C. as an Asst Scty of the Treasury. He’s led a life of committed service.

  36. Sturg, I did look at the article on the restaurant, as well as a sort piece in our paper on Friday that indicated that it would be a while before it was fully operational. Our paper didn’t mention anything about the corn likker and that kinda stuff.

    I’ve never gone downtown exploring although I do drive through it on my way home from basketball games at USC (traffic on the freeway is crazy). The atmosphere is eclectic with people obviously having fun. Sue tells me that lots of college kids really enjoy the scene.

    The new restaurant’s apparent reliance on crazy boozing is inconsistent with the strong university and active duty military presence in Columbia. A Gullah theme will draw widespread interest. Why spoil it?

  37. if he repeats that bs (which is the real degree Wharton awarded him) about “tighten our belts” in speech tonight,  he better announce he’ll start with reimbursing the taxpayers for the costly security detail accompanying his grown sons business trips. he could throw in that he’ll make use of camp david instead of his expensive weekends in palm bch.  maybe move wife & son to wh and temporarily vacate tower as a small gesture to and big savings for nyc taxpayers.

  38. in re my above comment, politicususa:  Trump Waste Of Taxpayer Money Sets A New Record With 4th Weekend Trip To Florida

    When President Trump makes his fourth trip to his club in Florida, he will have spent more money on those trips alone ($13 million) than former President Obama spent during an entire year on travel ($12.1 million).

    Trump’s recently complained that the country’s finances were a mess, and he promised to cut government waste and get the government’s finances cleaned up. If President Trump is serious about cutting government waste, his first move should be to stop taking needless trips to his winter vacation home at taxpayer expense.

  39. It’s no skin, of course, off my nose, I mean, my axe doesn’t need grinding and  my ox is extremely removed from being gored, but given my familiarity with the nature of true Gullah cuisine and culture,  I wonder about whether the establishment will have anything Gullah to it besides the name.

    For instance will they have a lady weaving sweet grass baskets in the lobby?

  40. Ron Reagan jr turned it down

    and if they want it — they should pay for it or maybe they can get a discount from Blackwater or Whitewash whatever they are calling themselves now

  41. KC, but they LIKE having a security detail – prolly makes them feel all important and such.

    Patd, and who’d want to live in the gaudily gilded drumpf tower penthouse?

  42. shades of the dishon. rep wilson from washingtonexaminer: “Dems warned against a ‘You Lie!’ moment at Trump speech”

    Democrats attending President Trump’s joint session speech Tuesday night are being warned against booing or heckling because it would make him appear sympathetic before what’s expected be the largest televised audience the Republican will ever have.

     

    “Don’t do anything stupid,” said former President Obama‘s chief speechwriter, Cody Keenan. “Don’t boo. Don’t hold up signs. Don’t wave things. Don’t heckle. Don’t give the president an opportunity to become sympathetic,” he advised.

    Keenan, speaking Monday night at a forum on speechwriting at Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service, said Democrats instead should provide polite applause and otherwise stay quit.

    “Let him take the bait and come to you,” added the author of some of Obama’s most famous speeches.

     

  43. what about laughing?   synchronized rolling of eyes?

    a lightning strike, clap of thunder and lights going out would be nice effect…. pray for it

     

  44. Benghazi:   “We wanna know! We wanna know! We wanna know!”

    Yemen raid:  “We don’t WANNA know! We don’t WANNA know! We don’t WANNA know!”

  45. It would be fabulous if one of our Congress critters from out West brought a Grizzly Bear as a guest to the SOTU. Hijinks would ensue!

  46. Thinking about the latest pondering on the ‘net – ‘how badly will drumpf blow the speech?’ and it is not quite as exciting as first reading makes it.  We can be assured of 50% will hate it, considering they hate it already and nobody has seen the leaked version yet.  Add in Republicans (big R) who are scared to be part of the destruction of America, we should see an additional group bringing it to about 75%.

    So the number we are looking at is 25%!   Will Mr. Peebody really piss off his base of 25%?  Now we are working at the level of ‘how badly will drumpf blow the speech?’.  Only 25% is starting the evening on his side.  I give him credit for using his oratory skills of a sixth grade bully to knock out a few more.  Say 5% give up, he is now at 20%.  Over the night, and we know he has the stamina of Hitler to give long winded speeches, maybe by hour two he says ACA removal is planned for 2018, I say another 5% can it.  Down to 15%.

    From 15% I find it hard to knock anymore off his love list.  Much of the rest will be trade-offs.  MJ yes gets 2% off and 1% on, a net of -1%, still not much.  Maybe he Says something sincere about the attacks on people of color, and Jewish.  He loses 5% of his base, but gets back 2% of the R’s.

    The only way the premise comes true is if he blows off enough to get a 10% love rating.

  47. The entire speech will be to undermine the credibility of the media.  He will use the fake news syndrome and then go on to list a bunch of PussyGrabberFacts

  48. The deadbeat’s sheepskin is for a BS in economics, not business, from the University of Pennsylvania, not from the Wharton School of Business. He took some courses in real estate offered by Wharton.

     

  49. The state that I was born and raised in made no. 1.  And the state I’ve lived most of my adult life in has made no. 2.

    yeah… I’ll watch frump…. Gotta see if it’s a train wreck.

  50. i won’t watch our Alpha-Buffoon, and normally i would say, “i’ll read the transcripts, later”, but transcipts of Trump’s speeches are unintelligible, because he doesn’t speak in sentences.  As the original poster implied, “Donny don’t read good”.

  51. Renee, my bookend states are pretty dismal. Could be worse I guess …. at least there were a few below AL (MS, LA) and WV (KY). Glad I got to live in NH, ME & VA between them.

  52. Watching the pre-show with the talking heads — there’s really no way to draw a bar as low as it needs to be drawn – it’s obvious that everyone is hoping to sweet Jesus that he comes through and acts somewhat Presidential.  Although not likely, if he does – the bar is so low it will be covered as if we just heard an “ask not what your country can do for you” – this is going to be nauseating.

  53. Massachusetts is a great state. I loved spending time there. When LP was at Berkeley College of Music a few years back. Spending 2 weeks plus 3 weekends in Boston was terrific. Of course I had spent a great deal of time there when I was bouncing back-and-forth between New Hampshire and Maine from 1983through ’89 so I knew it was gonna be a lotta fun. I love NE. I just wish the winters were less … ummmm … wintery.

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