Trump insulted the most iconic American leader of all time.
Trump does not believe George Washington, the first and most iconic leader in America's 243 years of existence, is well-known. He also doubts the intelligence of the first president.
Trump made his ill-informed assessment of the icon when he visited Mount Vernon, Washington's Virginia estate, in April of last year with French president Emmanuel Macron, according to Politico.
Mount Vernon is one of the most-visited historical attractions in the United States, but Trump believes Washington erred in naming the venue.
"If he was smart, he would've put his name on it. You've got to put your name on stuff or no one remembers you," Trump said according to three sources who spoke to Politico.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, George Washington has the most places in the country named after him. These include hundreds of streets, cities, towns, a state and the capital of the United States.
Trump's tour guide for the Mount Vernon visit described his encounter with presidential ignorance as "truly bizarre" and noted to friends that President Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron knew far more about the history of the estate than Trump.
Trump reportedly complained about the size of the iconic estate and argued that he could have built the property better and for less money.
The encounter was another showcase for Trump's arrogance and lack of knowledge.
His underlings have repeatedly had to dumb down the information he receives, reducing the complexity of information in an attempt to connect with Trump's brain and short attention span. His predecessors in the office, even those who were notoriously unintelligent, had no such problems.
Trump receives verbal intelligence briefings because apparently the short, written summaries other presidents could handle were too overwhelming for him. When he does receive written materials, his briefers use bullet points and mention his name over and over so he pays attention.
When he had to deal with Hurricane Florence last September, staffers brought in "large colored charts and graphs" in a desperate attempt to get the leader of the free world to understand what a hurricane is and what it does.
Trump's lack of intellect and basic knowledge of American history and culture disgraces the office he shares with Washington and the episode at Mount Vernon encapsulates the wide gulf between the two men perfectly.
On the other hand, Washington doesn't have any gaudy buildings in Manhattan named after him.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.