Donald Trump bragged about himself to the United Nations. The UN laughed.By Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large EDITED by Anita Sands Hernandez
They are loving me up here. Listen to them laugh.
President Donald Trump's touting of how his administration has accomplished more than any -- yes, any -- past administration in its first two years is one of his most consistent applause lines in his campaign patter.
"I don't believe there has been any administration in the history of this country that has done more in two years -- and we're not even up to two years yet -- than our administration," Trump said last week during a campaign speech in Las Vegas -- while reading a literal paper list of those accomplishments."Nobody has done what this administration has done in terms of getting things passed and getting things through," he told a group of sheriffs earlier this month.
His supporters love the line: Despite all of the losers and haters, Trump is MAGA-ing! (PSYCHOTIC IMAGINING OF SOMEONE GOING IN AND OUT OF LAUGHTER AND WEEPING)
Which brings us to Trump's speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. September 2018.
"In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country," Trump said, as he does."So true," said Trump, clearly caught by surprise by the laughter. "I didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK," he added to more laughter and some applause.
Before we go any further let me be clear: I wasn't in the room. I was watching it live on TV from Washington. But, watching on television, the perception of those few seconds was clear: The gathered world leaders -- or at least some of them -- were laughing at Trump's contention that he had done more in two years than any previous American administration ever.
Which makes some sense given that the claim seems, on its face ridiculous. There was Abraham Lincoln's management of the Civil War, Ulysses Grant's stewardship of the country through Reconstruction, Woodrow Wilson's work to repair the world community following World War I, Truman's work to do the same post-World War II, Ronald Reagan's steering of the country though the Cold War ... I mean, the list goes on and on.
And it dwarfs Trump's accomplishments which, at least on the world stage, are at best incomplete at the moment. From his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accords to his trade fight with China, we simply don't know what Trump's policies will mean in the light of history.That Trump was taken aback by the laughter is telling, too.
It's possible that he believed they were laughing with him when, at least to my watching/listening, they were laughing at him -- or at least at his grandiose claim. His response -- "I didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK" -- and the smile on his face when he said it suggests Trump simply was (is?) unaware of what the laughter almost certainly meant.
The truth of Trump's life in office -- and this is true for lots of presidents but even more true for him -- is that he simply doesn't come face-to-face with very many people who disagree with him about much of anything. Trump's MO is to surround himself with blood relatives and people who accommodate his moods, proclivities and views. He lives in a bubble of his own making, and has done so long before he became President or even a candidate for president. He's just not used to people who aren't paid to tell him what he is saying is right. All the time.
It's also possible that he was just covering in the moment, that playing it all off was the insta-calculation Trump made in his head to defuse the situation as much as possible. If that's the case, you can be sure that Trump will be stewing about the moment. Remember that Trump has repeatedly mentioned how bothered he was by other countries laughing at the United States before he was President.
"The world is laughing at us," he would say on the campaign trail, referring to the policies of then-President Barack Obama.
"We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore,' Trump said last June "And they won't be. They won't be."
All of that history means that if Trump understood what the world leaders were really laughing at, he's likely to take to Twitter sometime in the not-too-distant future to clap back. Either way, it was a remarkable moment in a presidency that has been full of them."As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and a complete narcissistic moron."
- H.L. Mencken, July 26, 1920WHY is POTUS stuck way down the tone scale with the Emotional level of a five year old. i.e. ME - ME - AND MINE!
Handler-sherpas say he throws fits,
tantrums all the time.
A BRAIN MALADY? https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/01/trump-cog-decline/548759/
DYSFUNCTION could be organic. Twisted gray cells. This because he forgets everything fast. His sherpas report that they hide a paper or sidestep a theme, no matter how much it meant to him, he forgets. He is impulse-functional then he retreats into 8 hour long voids full of TV AND BURGERS.
Wow! They're talking about ME. I LOVE IT!
Or is the Madness of King George something else? A PSYCHIATRIC WARP or MALADY? His pervasive MANIAS, HABITS ... need for control, winning arguments, being thought of as a winner, rage and hate toward 'losers,' his pervasive paranoia,mistrust, and finally the utter masochism of watching jeering criticism of himself on "FAKE NEWS CHANNELS" though it drives him frantic with wound.
Then, the need for emotional bonds with friends, then spotting betrayals, his claiming Premier Xi and he are emotionally close. AS IF. (this is in "FEAR" by Woodward)
BIZARRE EARLY LIFE TUTELAGE? GAY PEDOPHILE ROY COHN
IF HE COMPROMISED POLS, WHO WAS HE WORKING FOR?
HIS COACH, LIFE GURU & BBF Lawyer ROY COHN was very simply a DEVOTEE OF right wing paranoid, SENATOR JOSEPH MC CARTHY: ROY WAS gay, an EVIL genius, but very admiring and loving and attached to the young TRUMP.
WHAT ELSE MAKES TRUMP SO WEIRD? HE IS CRUEL. Cut his older bro out of the will,
Only time in his life Trump was far left.
HATED OLDER BROTHER (in the middle,) DISINHERITING him COST THAT FAMILY
needed MEDICAL HELP. Trump engineered the Sleight in Grampa's last will and testament.
Is it primitive, genetic root stock? He's DESCENDED FROM a GERMAN BURGHER or PEASANT, A ONE TRICK DONKEY. He has skills in LYING shamelessly which made him superb at REAL ESTATE sales. He can look you in the eye and tell you shiny walls are silk and rats are cats. MAJOR BUCK SHUFFLING talent for getting bank loans. SCREW YOU TO THE WALL ANIMUS in his BEING a FEISTY, TRICKY, CRUEL AND SCARY negotiator WHEN HONDLING A SELLER OR BUYER of LAND.http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/neuroskeptic/2017/03/13/trumps-brain/
OR IS it just nature's failure, Built in obsolescence? THE MACHINE being merely MORTAL? Maybe with all the flouride in our drinking water it's TIME to conscript CANDIDATES WHO ARE YOUNGER? Less flouridated. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2011/07/incredible-shrinking-human-brain
Cuz y'know, TIME TAKES ITS TOLL. REAGAN had ALZHEIMERS IN OFFICE, BOMBING HARBORS THEN FORGETTING ABOUT IT, ketchup is a vegetable, his wife's astrologer, all his mistakes WAY BEFORE actual daffy CRETINISM SHOWED UP. And those were just the little ones.
How about the BIG ONES? https://soapboxie.com/us-politics/21reasonsReaganwasaterriblepresident ??
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