By the way, ‘pedestrian 125 IQ’ is just my idiom for kinda un-exotic smartie-smart people in any crowd, say 85th – 95th percentile types. I don’t know that I’m pegging the right IQ number… I’m not sure psychology has found the superiority of a numerical range where 125 is the brain I speak of…but you get my drift… Figure a decent elective office candidate is minimally one of these people, you kinda have to be just to be victorious over your intraparty competition. Ya know we say politicians are dumb but the process is a bit assortative in finding smart people because it’s competitive and prestigious.
So we’re talking smart people. Trump is minimally smart enough to be what he actually is, but he isn’t as smart as a smart person.
See this thing that Trump is attempting, using a certain type of celebrity-ness and wealth to do a takeover of the Republican Party and become the President…. it’s doable, (particular with what we understand about GOP voters now…). But to do it requires mastery for say an additional set of norms and communications, particularly for the say tribal ideology. That should be no problem for a generically smart 85th percenter attempting this Trump gambit, it would be so easy. They could do it, could upend the process with some populist bombast while not straying too far from ideological norms or worse, getting lost in know nothing land.
Trump is not one of these people, he doesn’t have the brainpower to master what it would take to complete the thing he’s trying here.