Vladimir Lenin supposedly coined the terms “useful idiots” and “useful fools.” In fact, those dupes had been knocking about Eastern Europe long before the Russian Revolution. Almost two centuries later, they have settled in the U.S.
The New York Times used “useful idiot” to describe Donald Trump when Trump was the Republican candidate for president. Former CIA director Michael Hayden echoed the editorial board, labeling Trump the kind of “useful fool” who is “manipulated by Moscow, secretly held in contempt, but whose blind support is happily accepted and exploited.”
Ironically, however, the useful idiots and fools are turning out to be those detractors who wind up aiding Trump with outlandish critiques. These make the president seem almost levelheaded by comparison.
For well over a year, for example, Democrats have assailed Trump as a vulgarian with neither taste nor discretion. Yet here is Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez excoriating the president because he and Republican leaders “don’t give a shit about the people they represent.” (The Democratic Party’s online store is a bit more restrained: it offers a $30 tee shirt with the inscription “Democrats give a sh*t about people.”)
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