World leaders in the United Nations General Assembly burst out laughing when President Trump boasted about his accomplishments. Trump praised North Korea, attacked Germany and accused Iran of “sowing chaos, death and destruction,” drawing scorn from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. “What’s amazing is not that this hall of seasoned professionals laughed at him, but that he doesn’t get more laughter in the United States. These cable news programs take him seriously. … He should be laughed off the screen everywhere,” says Juan Cole, historian and author of “Engaging the Muslim World.”
Juan Coleprofessor of history at the University of Michigan, host of the blog Informed Comment and author of several books, including Engaging the Muslim World. His forthcoming book is titled Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires.