“As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!).” (Donald Trump, October 7, 2019)
Consider what a close reading tells us: (1) this man is not only the smartest guy in the room, but is wise beyond anyone else; (2) he is the boundary setter for the universe, the one who gets to decide what is in and off limits; and (3) he is omnipotent, able not only to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but able to “obliterate” national economies. And, of course, he is a man of anger and wrath.
Yes, that ‘s our President speaking.
Who uses language like that? The head of North Korea, perhaps. God, maybe. I’m not sure I want anyone who thinks in those terms within a mile or so of the button that blows the planet to smithereens.