On Saturday, Salon published a list of ten of Donald Trump’s most idiotic moments as commander in chief. After four years of Trumpisms, the options were, needless to say, quite bounteous.
Below are three which we at HillReporter have deemed exceptionally stupid:
Donald Trump staring at the Sun during a total solar eclipse.
On August 21, 2017, Earth’s Northern Hemisphere was blessed with a spectacular total solar eclipse. Because the Moon and Sun appear to be the same size in the sky, the Sun’s corona – the outermost and hottest layer of its atmosphere – becomes visible around the dark disk that forms as the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun. Normally, the corona is obstructed by the Sun’s intense luminosity. During a total solar eclipse, however, that halo of incandescent plasma shines extremely brightly and can do serious damage to unshielded human eyes, even when wearing sunglasses.
Thus, for weeks leading up to the astronomical phenomenon, the public was warned to avoid looking directly at the eclipse. Most people, not wanting to go blind, heeded that caution. But not Trump. Instead, standing on the White House’s Truman Balcony, the president gazed up at the celestial spotlight and pointed at it, just in case anyone forgot where the Sun is.
Notice First Lady Melania Trump touching her face in embarrassment as her husband foolishly scorches his retinas.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 21, 2017
Donald Trump instructing Americans to inject bleach to neutralize SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
During a White House press briefing a century ago in April of 2020, Trump recommended that consuming household disinfectants like Lysol or Clorox would cure people of coronavirus infections. His reasoning was that those chemicals are effective on surfaces, and therefore should be just as potent inside the body.
“I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. … Is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning, because, you see, it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs?” Trump posited. He then insisted that he was correct, which he absolutely was not, because he is “like, a person who has a good you-know-what.”
Trump certainly has an abundance of “you-know-whats” but none of them are “good.”
Donald Trump wanted to vaporize hurricanes using atomic bombs.
According to a 2017 National Security Council memorandum, during the early days of his first year in office, Trump was exploring ways to minimize the damage that hurricanes cause to coastal communities.
One of the solutions he proposed was to drop nuclear weapons into tropical cyclones as a means of ripping them apart.
“I got it. I got it. Why don’t we nuke them?” Trump asked, according to a source who was present. “They start forming off the coast of Africa, as they’re moving across the Atlantic, we drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane and it disrupts it. Why can’t we do that?” the source added, paraphrasing the president’s remarks.
That source was later revealed to be John Bolton, who was once Trump’s National Security Adviser. The president was reportedly furious that Bolton leaked the story – so much so that it was the main catalyst behind Bolton’s firing in September of 2019.
A couple of things here. First, international law explicitly forbids what Trump propounded, as was explained by National Geographic in 2016.
Second, and more importantly, is that the plan simply would not work. Hurricanes are enormous – some grow to a size comparable to large US states, and their central eyes alone can be tens of miles across. The blast radius of the majority of conventional nukes is maybe a few miles in each direction – and that decreases significantly at higher altitudes, where the air is thin.
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Brandon is a political writer for the Hill Reporter specializing in current events, breaking news, and scientific discovery. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. He lives in New York City.