Will Trump’s delusional narcissism ever be satisfied?
On Friday, before he could be distracted by the tens of thousands of people participating in the Earth Day “March For Science,” Donald Trump sat down for an interview with AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace. She wanted to talk about, among other things, the “contract” he gave voters regarding his first 100 days in office. He agreed to that, and the brief silence that followed were maybe the last comfortable seconds of the interview. True to form, Trump was a crazy man. It took almost no time at all before he brought up 9/11.
Pace asked Trump throughout the interview what was essentially one long question: How do you think you’re doing? The query took various forms — how’s your chemistry with Congress? Do you feel like you’re changing the way world leaders interact with direct questions? Has the office changed you?
It’s on this last point that Trump’s ego really began to warm up. After describing villages he might have destroyed in Syria as “hamlets” (skiing, anyone?), he went back to a familiar refrain:
This is thousands of times bigger, the United States, than the biggest company in the world. The second-largest company in the world is the Defense Department. The third-largest company in the world is Social Security. The fourth-largest — you know, you go down the list.
Implicit in his description of the nation as a company is the fact that he considers himself the CEO. He believes he is the most important person in the biggest company on the planet.
So how does a man find himself in such an exalted position?
Trump knows exactly what makes him the great leader he thinks he is: his immense popularity.
You read that right. After a week of literally every news source and website in the universe (including our own) reporting Trump’s abysmal approval ratings, he remains convinced that he is insanely well-loved. Never mind the fact he can’t tell that even his own tweets make him look stupid:
So what is Trump’s quantifier for popularity? The same as it’s always been — television ratings. In this case, his mouth ran wild, and Trump made the most disgusting comparison I personally have ever heard a president make. Totally unsolicited, Trump brought up the viewership of the Sunday morning news shows he’s visited:
I have all the ratings for all those morning shows.
After claiming he earned the networks their highest respective ratings ever, he said of his interview with John Dickerson on Face The Nation:
It’s the highest for ‘Face the Nation’ or as I call it, ‘Deface the Nation’. It’s the highest for ‘Deface the Nation’ since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down. It’s a tremendous advantage.
That’s right. Trump just compared the number of people watching him on a TV news show to the millions of people transfixed by their televisions on one of the worst days in American history. He didn’t even slow down as he casually dropped the shocking comment. Everyone remembers when he bragged on 9/11 that once the towers came down, he owned the tallest building in Manhattan. But to add insult to injury, he went on to say:
I don’t watch things that are unpleasant. I just don’t watch them.
If only we could stop watching him.
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