Somehow, to me, Trump saying “I’m a genius, I’m a very stable genius” sounds very much like Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man saying “I’m a good driver, I’m a very good driver.” And I ‘m surprised I’d never noticed this before, because he uses this construction a lot.
Partly because it’s in response to an inside book, with plenty of sources, that he couldn’t stop the publication of, and which is generally being believed by all who read it, and which talks a lot about how Trump is a total moron, and semi-literate at best.
Most traditional politicians wouldn’t have responded to such a charge at all, but to respond right away that you’re not only not stupid, you’re a goddamned genius, which anybody can see you are clearly not, is kind of deranged. What indication did Donald Trump ever have in his life that he was a genius? Did he ever get a stellar mark on an exam? Did any of his teachers say “That was brilliant, Donnie, I can’t believe how much smarter you are than all the other students.”? Did he ever read a long book of the kind intelligent people read? I’m not demanding Joyce or Faulkner. I doubt he’s every read anything by Hemingway.
The assertion -not just a genius, but a very stable genius, like Nikola Tesla but a better personality – only draws attention to the assertions in the book, that he never reads anything, that he didn’t really want to win, that he doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing and doesn’t really give a shit. And they are all very believable assertions, indeed.