There’s no way anyone could argue that President Trump isn’t an arrogant clod. It’s bad enough that he boasts about his television ratings like a drunken frat boy bragging about his weekend sexual conquests, but using 9/11 as a benchmark for measuring his self perceived greatness is almost obscenely boorish.
He actually did that in an interview with the Associated Press.
The interview is classic Trump. Complete sentences are rare and it comes off as both arrogant and whiny at the same time. He’s so awesome but nobody will recognize it. It’s embarrassing.
AP: And that’s one of the difficulties I think presidents have had is that you can have these personal relationships with people from the other party, but then it’s hard to actually change how people vote or change how people —
TRUMP: No I have, it’s interesting, I have, seem to get very high ratings. I definitely. You know Chris Wallace had 9.2 million people, it’s the highest in the history of the show. I have all the ratings for all those morning shows. When I go, they go double, triple. Chris Wallace, look back during the Army-Navy football game, I did his show that morning.
AP: I remember, right.
TRUMP: It had 9.2 million people. It’s the highest they’ve ever had. On any, on air, (CBS “Face the Nation” host John) Dickerson had 5.2 million people. 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.
I have learned one thing, because I get treated very unfairly, that’s what I call it, the fake media. And the fake media is not all of the media. You know they tried to say that the fake media was all the, no. The fake media is some of you. I could tell you who it is, 100 percent. Sometimes you’re fake, but — but the fake media is some of the media. It bears no relationship to the truth. It’s not that Fox treats me well, it’s that Fox is the most accurate. [Emphasis added]
He then went on to brag about how awesome he is at calling terrorism terrorism.
AP: Do you believe that? That Fox —
TRUMP: I do. I get treated so badly. Yesterday, about the thing, you know when I said it’s a terrorism … it may be. I said it may be a terrorist attack and MSNBC, I heard, went crazy, “He called it a terrorist attack.” They thought it was a bank robbery. By the way, I’m 10-0 for that. I’ve called every one of them. Every time they said I called it way too early and then it turns out I’m … Whatever. Whatever. In the meantime, I’m here and they’re not.
Don’t you just pity whomever has to transcribe these interviews?
Trump doesn’t seem to realize that his ratings get a big boost because people don’t want to miss it if he says something asinine. Ratings aren’t an objective indicator of quality. If they were, his approval ratings wouldn’t be heading south.