President Trump is reportedly handing out Electoral College map print outs to the media to prove that he’s the President or something.
While discussing a topic regarding Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump produced three maps illustrating the latest data from his electoral college wins in the 2016 election, according to Jeff Mason, the White House correspondent for Reuters and president of the White House Correspondents’ Association.
“We were talking … about President Xi and that relationship and then he sort of interrupted himself and handed out this map of the electoral college and said that these were the latest figures of the areas in the country that he had won in 2016,” said Mason, showing the map to the cameras on CNN’s “New Day” Friday morning.
“There were three of us in the interview … and he had a copy for each of us,” added Mason. “It was just clear that the election … remains very much on his mind.”
It’s hard to tell at this point whether Trump bringing up the Electoral College now is a way to gloat about the media getting it wrong or a sign of insecurity about the legitimacy of his election. It’s probably a little of both. Either way it seems unnecessary.
President Obama often played the “I won” card himself but that was just a shorthand way for him to justify rejecting good policy ideas and going with his own. With Trump it seems like he’s obsessed with people recognizing his accomplishment.
Earlier this month, when he was asked by The New York Times why he thought Democrats had opposed Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Trump answered, “Well, I think that some of it had to do with the election. They thought they were going to win. You know, winning the Electoral College is, for a Republican, is close to impossible, and I won it quite easily. And I think they are still recovering from that, but they are recovering now.”
He did the near impossible quite easily, and he’s going to keep reminding you if it until you are sufficiently impressed with his greatness. Let’s hope he doesn’t start walking around with copies of the crowd photos from his inauguration.
Let. It. Go.