It’s Actually Pretty Normal to Think You’re a Genius After Winning an Election

When analyzing Donald Trump, it’s helpful to distinguish which of his words or actions represent violations of established norms, and which are, in fact, consistent with his presidential predecessors’. Trump’s tweet-storm over the weekend, in which he claimed his victory in the 2016 election was evidence that he is a “very stable genius,” falls into this latter category.

Sure, the way he communicated this information was bizarre and unorthodox. The most reclusive dictators writing in their personal memoirs don’t even refer to themselves in such grandiose terms. But it is not at all unusual for a politician (or a campaign consultant) to take a narrow victory as evidence of their own brilliance. CONT.

Seth Masket, Pacific Standard