Child President

Trump Gets The Ultimate Participation Trophy

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump likes to say he's already accomplished more than any other president in history.

That's obviously not true for anyone with a pair of eyeballs, a cursory knowledge of history, and a memory capacity that extends beyond the past six months, so why does he say that? Does he really believe he has accomplished more than any other president?

According to White House staffers who spoke to the Daily Beast, Trump says that because that's what they tell him.

White House aides and the president’s advisers say they try to keep him happy by routinely conveying to him that his administration has been a smashing legislative and political success—despite ample evidence to the contrary.

Multiple Trump administration officials detailed to The Daily Beast how senior staffers have a long-standing practice of assuring Trump of the quantity of his major accomplishments (of which he has barely any legislative and some administrative) and of placating him by flagging positive media coverage, typically from right-wing outlets.

I want to say they shouldn't coddle him with participation trophies but, on the other hand, in the back of my head I am reminded that he does control our nuclear weapon arsenal.

The best option would be to not elect an egomaniacal reality TV host in the first place, but this is where we're at.

It's truly remarkable, in the worst possible way, that Trump is utterly incapable of judging his own accomplishments because he doesn't even know what an accomplishment would be.

  • Badgerite

    Public option. Now. Medicare for all. “Make it so.”

  • Victor the Crab

    The best option would be to not elect an egomaniacal reality TV host in the first place, but this is where we’re at.

    And will continue to be, so long as the vast majority of registered Republicans — like, 80-90% who currently think Drumph is doing a great job — continue to vote and support in this manner.

    America is fucked beyond belief! And there’s not a goddamn thing anybody can do about it!

  • Aynwrong

    “Mr President, you’re just like this guy sir. Don’t ever stop!!”
    https://68.media.tumblr.com/c0244ab3c74da7d62d91616843ab8e08/tumblr_o7t5ptstEL1ro8ysbo1_500.gif

  • Aynwrong

    And the people who voted for this just keep on keeping on.

  • muselet

    Does this story remind anyone else of The Twilight Zone episode “It’s a Good Life”?

    *shudders*

    –alopecia

    • Thankfully Trump only thinks he’s all powerful unlike little Anthony.

  • So Trump has no real understanding of what he has or has not accomplished, which basically means he isn’t in touch with reality. Which in turn means his staff knows he’s delusional and they’re treating him like they would a crazy person to keep him calm and out of trouble. What a bunch of patriots they are.

    • ninjaf

      How is this different behavior than you would see in a banana republic?

      • Badgerite

        Mad King trump.

      • I’m not sure most banana republic dictators are delusional to the degree that Trump is. They’re using neck deep in the shit they’re admin is up to but he’s just clueless….playing with toys and rage tweeting at the news while his staff shoves through the Right’s agenda. And I’m not sure which is worse….his being so delusional or his being pure evil and aware of what he’s doing. Either way we’re fucked so maybe it’s a distinction without a difference.