But he isn’t stupid. Communication via Twitter has been an unprecedented media success for Trump, and, love his thoughts or loathe them, it has allowed him to express them undoctored by correspondents and the media. People who know him well say this all comes from him, and, though I have strong reservations — to put it lightly — about his policies and ideologies, I’m inclined to agree with them. He runs his own propaganda machine, and that takes a certain measure of “brilliance”. He is the typical villainous tragic character displayed in many literary texts, except he is actually real.