The text quoted above is, of course, from Adam's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
. I am not the first person to make a comparison between President Trump and Zaphod Beeblebrox.
One of the major difficulties Trillian experienced in her relationship with Zaphod was learning to distinguish between him pretending to be stupid just to get people off their guard, pretending to be stupid because he couldn't be bothered to think and wanted someone else to do it for him, pretending to be outrageously stupid to hide the fact that he actually didn’t understand what was going on, and really being genuinely stupid. He was renowned for being amazingly clever and quite clearly was so—but not all the time, which obviously worried him, hence, the act. He preferred people to be puzzled rather than contemptuous.
As to the original question, the Republicans are not the only party at fault.
''My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.''
—Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) expressing concern during a congressional hearing that the presence of a large number of American soldiers might upend the island of Guam. No I do not think he was joking, though he may have been drunk.
Ever since Nixon resigned, it has been the case that:
''Things are more like they are now than they have ever been.''
—President Gerald Ford