Trump Hounded Reince Preibus about How Badgers “Work”
Donald Trump’s attention span is so notoriously short that the organizers for a 2017 NATO summit redesigned the schedule to keep the new president from getting distracted. His aides reportedly rely on delays and misdirection in the hope that he forgets some of the more outrageous things he asked them to do. But it turns out that Trump’s squirrel-like focus similarly derailed his staff.
In the upcoming book Sinking in the Swamp: How Trump’s Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington, Daily Beast reporters Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay document the merry-go-round of underlings Trump has brought into his administration. On Twitter, Suebsaeng lamented that one of his favorite parts wasn’t likely to get excerpted in reviews: a portion of the book that recounts Trump obsessively pelting his former chief of staff Reince Preibus with questions about badgers.
Suebsaeng was wrong. Business Insider published the excerpt this week, and it’s as absurd as one would expect:
F*ckin’ badgers, how do they work?
Trump often betrays a five-year-old’s understanding of the natural world, from his absurd claims about wind power, to his idea about nuking hurricanes, to that time he looked directly at a solar eclipse. Unfortunately his ability to act like a infantilized grandparent one minute makes it all the more terrifying when he acts like a tyrannical autocrat the next.
Source : Luke Darby Link