HOLD ON! Did Donald Trump Just Defend Ignorance As A Virtue?

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Look, guys, I know you are tired of reading this and I’m tired or writing it. But I can’t stop because you rarely get a chance to write actual TRUE stuff about a politician as freakin funny, in a horrible multi-car-pile-up-on-the-interstate-involving-buses-of nuns-and-orphans kind of way, as what Donald Trump generates in any one day. Keep in mind I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP.

The set up. Barack Hussein Obama, race-baiter in chief and a man as intellectually curious as my dog was giving a speech and he seemed to take a swipe at Donald Trump. Not a big swipe but a recognizable one:

Which brings me to my third point: Facts, evidence, reason, logic, an understanding of science — these are good things. (Applause.) These are qualities you want in people making policy. These are qualities you want to continue to cultivate in yourselves as citizens. (Applause.) That might seem obvious. (Laughter.) That’s why we honor Bill Moyers or Dr. Burnell.

We traditionally have valued those things. But if you were listening to today’s political debate, you might wonder where this strain of anti-intellectualism came from. (Applause.) So, Class of 2016, let me be as clear as I can be. In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue. (Applause.) It’s not cool to not know what you’re talking about. (Applause.) That’s not keeping it real, or telling it like it is. (Laughter.) That’s not challenging political correctness. That’s just not knowing what you’re talking about. (Applause.) And yet, we’ve become confused about this.

Look, our nation’s Founders — Franklin, Madison, Hamilton, Jefferson — they were born of the Enlightenment. They sought to escape superstition, and sectarianism, and tribalism, and no-nothingness. (Applause.) They believed in rational thought and experimentation, and the capacity of informed citizens to master our own fates. That is embedded in our constitutional design. That spirit informed our inventors and our explorers, the Edisons and the Wright Brothers, and the George Washington Carvers and the Grace Hoppers, and the Norman Borlaugs and the Steve Jobses. That’s what built this country.

Let’s set aside for a moment the obvious fact that every single criticism made by Obama of the GOP and of Donald Trump could be made against him with at least as much accuracy. Obama’s administration, from the “bitter clingers” of Pennsyltucky to the beer summit to Ferguson, has been a monument to sectarianism and tribalism and raw racism. It doesn’t detract from the message itself that the messenger is such an unreconstructed douchenozzle. His EPA and Energy Department are devoid of any understanding of science, not to mention Michelle Obama and her “lunch” program. His Justice Department has made a fetish of ignoring facts, evidence, reason, and logic. Anyway, be that as it may, he’s right on principle.

Enter Donald Trump drunk Tweeting:

I realize that Trump has an estranged relationship with English vocabulary and grammar. Despite his claim of a Kim Jong Un sized IQ, I’ve yet to see any evidence of it. So he might possibly be saying that Obama is ignorant and therefore the worst president… but that isn’t what it is saying in English.

In fact, based on the campaign thus far, one can say without fear of contradiction that Donald Trump has been overtly hostile to the concept of facts, reason and logic. His tax plan is a shallow sham. His immigration proposal would require the creation of a police state. And, in fairness, I think at some level that Trump knows that he’s engaged in rank demagoguery where by saying he will do something makes it exist, regardless of technical details like forcibly deporting 11 million people. Based on what we’ve seen, it looks like the Trump campaign has become a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon strip:
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