Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn’t possibly say anything dumber than the hundreds of idiotic things he has already said, Donald Trump comes along and outdoes himself.
According to a Spanish Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell, the President of the United States had a suggestion for the country of Spain: build a wall across the Sahara desert.
“The border with the Sahara cannot be bigger than our border with Mexico,” Mr Borrell quoted Mr Trump as saying.
BBC was kind enough to provide a map to put Trump’s suggestion in context:
Now, a few points have to be made here regarding basic geography:
- Spain does not border the Sahara desert.
- Spain is not able to build a wall in or up against the Sahara desert, because, again, Spain does not border the Sahara desert.
- If Spain were to build a wall to keep people from the Sahara desert region out of Spain, it would have to build a wall along it’s Mediterranean coastline, much of which is a famous tourist area, known as the Costa del Sol, that is lined with beaches and hotels.
Trump’s suggestion is quite literally insane.
But, it also points to another troubling aspect of Donald Trump’s faulty intellect: he has no basic knowledge of geography, and often makes known in his speeches that he has likely just learned where some place is located, or about a feature of a place he didn’t previously know about, acting as if his newly learned geographical knowledge is something that should be shared with everyone else. Because if he didn’t know about it, nobody else would. And if he wasn’t briefed on a geographical location, he will often just make something up.
Here are some examples:
“The farmers have been shut out from the EU, which is basically Europe.”
“We’re opening up the EU — that’s Europe.”
“And in addition to that, we’ve got ANWR. You know what that is, right, in Alaska? They’ve been trying to get that approved for 50 years. We got it approved. It’s part of that plan.”
“You know where my club is, right? Trump National. And it’s a very big success on Lake Norman. Beautiful. Largest man-made lake in the world, by far. Right?”
“Katie Arrington, South Carolina, she was behind by a lot and she’s fantastic, by the way, she’s fantastic. And we endorsed her, and she beat a man that likes flamenco dancers from Argentina. You know about that. He was supposed to be vacationing on the Tallahassee Trail, but he was actually in Argentina. I don’t know. Jim, do they have a Tallahassee Trail in Argentina?”
“So, I have great respect for the U.K., United Kingdom. Great respect. People call it Britain. They call it Great Britain. They call it — they used to call it England, different parts. But the U.K., great respect.”
“And you have different names you can say England, you can say UK, you can say United Kingdom. You know so many different names. Great Britain. I always say “Which one do you prefer? Great Britain?” You understand what I’m saying.”
“And we’re close to two times the size of China. A lot of people don’t know that.”
“They all lost. I won. I won when I won South Carolina, but to win all up and down the east coast, to win Wisconsin, which hasn’t been won in many years, like 1972 I think, that’s a long time.”
“This [Puerto Rico] is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water.”
“But we are seriously looking at a solar wall. And remember this, it’s a 2,000 mile border, but you don’t need 2,000 miles of wall because you have a lot of natural barriers. You have mountains. You have some rivers that are violent and vicious.”
“Now, there are certain places you don’t need a wall, because you have, you know, you have mountains, you have other things. You have large and rather vicious rivers.”
Evidently, nobody had given Trump a refresher course on Spanish geography prior to his meeting with them. Trump likes to claim that the rest of the world now respects America more since he became President. As anecdotes like this show, that would seem pretty hard to believe. The rest of the world likely thinks that Donald Trump is an ignorant fool. That kind of view does not typically engender respect. If America wants to be respected by the rest of the world, booting this clown from office would probably be step one.