17:47 GMT03 July 2020
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    A new tell-all book attacking Donald Trump prompted the president to launch into a multi-tweet defense of his "mental stability and intelligence," but many Twitter users felt that Trump's response just made things a lot worse.

    US journalist Michael Wolff's new book Fire and Fury, an account of the politics inside the White House during Trump's first year in office, has attracted considerable attention, in no small part thanks to President Trump's furious attacks on the journalist's credibility over the last several days.

    On Saturday, Trump launched a multipart tweet-based stream of consciousness defending himself against what he said was the "Fake News Mainstream Media's" use of "the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental instability and intelligence." Actually, Trump stressed, his own "two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart."

    Pointing to his political victory against veteran politician Hillary Clinton in 2016, Trump suggested that this actually qualified him as "not [just] smart, but genius…and a very stable genius at that!"

    The awkward 'stable genius' phrasing sparked an instant response of memes and jokes on Twitter, with users lambasting the president using pop culture references, and even starting up a #StableGenius hashtag.

    Others suggested that a real 'genius' would never feel the need to point to his intelligence, or his mental stability. Some simply pointed to the absurdity of the remarks.

    Trump supporters also came out in force however, emphasizing the significance of his defeat of Clinton, who was widely expected to win the 2016 election by most observers, and even taking up the #StableGenius hashtag up for themselves.


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