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James Mattis on Trump's 'overrated' dis: 'I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals'

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So Donald Trump hires only the best people, and yet he regularly and viciously insults nearly all of them on the way out the door.

According to several accounts of Trump’s Velveeta meltdown in the White House yesterday — during which he called Nancy Pelosi a “third-rate politician” — Trump also disparaged his former secretary of defense Gen. James Mattis as “overrated.”

The Hill:

During the meeting, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) read a quote from Mattis’s appearance Sunday on “Meet the Press,” where he warned that “ISIS will resurge” if the U.S. does not keep the pressure on in that region.

Trump cut Schumer off, according to two Democratic aides, and said that Mattis was “the world’s most overrated general.”

“You know why? He wasn’t tough enough,” Trump said, according to the aides. “I captured ISIS. Mattis said it would take two years. I captured them in one month.”

Calling a highly respected person “overrated” is the go-to insult for Trump whenever he can’t think of anything else, which is always.

This tedious “slam” was never more risible than when Trump attempted to “I’m-rubber-and-you’re-glue” Meryl Streep after she called Trump out at the 2017 Golden Globes.

So in three tweets, Trump proved he doesn’t know great acting when he sees it, doesn’t know what “groveling” means, and for some reason likes to lie about 16-year-old news stories.

And so today, Gen. Mattis hearkened back to Trump’s idiotic Meryl Streep tweets with his own response:

Well done, Gen. Mattis. But, hey, you saw the cray-cray up close. How about some detailed testimony instead of just a few random bons mots?

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