At Symposium, Academics Clash Over Whether Trump is an Utter Moron or an Absolute Idiot

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PALO ALTO, Calif.—A major symposium on the presidency of Donald Trump erupted into a heated discussion yesterday as some of the United States’ most distinguished professors of political science disagreed over whether President Trump is an utter moron or an absolute idiot.

Benjamin Heitzberg, professor emeritus of political science at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, said Trump burst from the starting gate as an utter moron by targeting an entire religion in his immigration ban.

“The United States has become a great nation in part because it’s been a beacon of hope for people the world over to come here and realize their full potential,” said Heitzberg, who last year was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the International Society of Political Scientists. “Only an utter moron would purposefully damage one of the country’s greatest intangible assets.”

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Lost in the discussion are the clear signs he shows of being a complete imbecile, said Hosni el-Sisi, professor emeritus at the Hoover Institute of Stanford University. “He told the working class people who voted for him that he would help them, and yet he’s tried to cut federal assistance programs, make health care harder for people to get at affordable costs, and enact tax breaks that would make the wealthy wealthier,” he said. “If this is not an agenda of a complete imbecile, I don’t know what is.”

The panel did agree President Trump was incomparably stupid for undermining his country’s democracy. “He questioned the integrity of the voting process, challenged the impartiality of judges, and disparaged an open and free press,” said Rebecca Meyer-Stone, professor of political science at Oxford University in Cambridge, who moderated the panel. “If you were going to do something incomparably stupid as president, you would do all of those things. I think we can all agree to that.”

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