NBC News reports that Secretary of   State Rex Tillerson almost resigned his post this past July and has referred to President Trump as a “moron.” The network said its report was based on information from three  sources. Interestingly,   Tillerson has denied the part about almost resigning, but his dismissal of the “moron” remark is less […]

 

NBC News reports that Secretary of   State Rex Tillerson almost resigned his post this past July and has referred to President Trump as a “moron.”

The network said its report was based on information from three  sources.

Interestingly,   Tillerson has denied the part about almost resigning, but his dismissal of the “moron” remark is less categorical. He simply said he doesn't want to talk about  “petty stuff like that.”

President Trump says, predictably enough, that the story is “fake news…totally phony.”

Some of the speculation regarding this matter includes the theory that Tillerson was especially upset with Trump for having delivered an inappropriately political speech at a national gathering of the Boy Scouts of America. Tillerson has lifelong  ties with the Boy Scouts. But there's no solid evidence that the speech to the scouts prompted Tillerson to label the president a “moron.”

Perhaps the most fascinating angle here is the question of how big or small a portion of the American public would agree with the “moron” term as it might apply to Donald Trump. My own view, based on having lived through part or all of 15 presidencies, is that The Donald is the most moronic of the bunch — by far. Yes, Richard Nixon was evil. No question about that. But he also was much more intelligent that Trump.

And I suspect that lots of my fellow Americans, if not most of them, would share my judgment to   one extent or another.

Who among us has not had cause to cringe at something Trump has said? Nobody I know — or at least nobody of reasonable intelligence.

Trump's approval rating, according to virtually all the major polls, has been in negative territory all through the eight-plus months of his presidency. Simply stated, most folks just don't   like this guy. They don't like his ceaseless braggadocio. They resent that so much of what he says is at odds with the facts.

So, let's have a show of hands on whether Trump is a moron, shall we?

Let's see. Hmmm.   Most hands are up.