Donald Trump is America’s first true Troll President. He is the kind of guy who goes out of his way to provoke, attack, and belittle his adversaries in whatever way possible. He is without a doubt one of the best out there, whether you agree with his politics or not.
There have been many challengers to Trump’s trolling attempts. The infamous North Korean propaganda was a thing of beauty, but it did not seem to have an effect. Other political opponents of the President, both foreign and domestic, have tried, but all have failed.
However, he got trolled by the greatest troll in the sports world yesterday, and no one really paid attention. But they should have. Trump may very well be up against the greatest troll walking the earth today.
If you haven’t been following, three UCLA players were arrested for shoplifting from a Louis Vitton store in China. They were eventually released, but forced to remain in their hotel by Chinese authorities.
Apparently, Donald Trump personally intervened on their behalf during his Asia tour, talking with Chinese President Xi Jinping and getting the young men released and sent back to the states.
LaVar Ball, whose son, LiAngelo, was one of those three UCLA players, was apparently asked about Trump’s intervention on behalf of his son and his son’s teammates. His response was classic LaVar Ball.
“Who?” LaVar Ball told ESPN on Friday, when asked about Trump’s involvement in the matter. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”
As we have seen time and again, belittling Trump usually forces a response. While Trump himself hasn’t said anything, Dan Scavino did offer this gem on Twitter.
— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) November 18, 2017
The troll got someone to engage, which is the troll’s only purpose.
You have to hand it to Ball. He has managed to take his entirely mediocre son and land him an NBA role almost exclusively because of his own outlandish personality and self-branding. As a marketing guy, he has been a complete and total success. But his son, Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers, hasn’t lived up to the hype. He is mediocre at best, and the Lakers are in the bottom five of their division.
Not to mention the shots taken at Lonzo (no pun intended) by other players in the league.
Plus, his second son has been indefinitely suspended for stealing and getting arrested in China. LaVar’s response? “I’ve seen kids do worse.” That was it. What the hell kind of parenting is that?
In a sense, LaVar and Trump are incredibly similar. Both are completely incapable of backing up the biggest promises they make, they are full of bluster, and they are somehow still considered successful despite this.
Plus, they both play the same troll game. Someone publicly dislikes or disrespects them, and they post something provocative that encourages the “hater” to say something back. For these two men, it is all about two things: Themselves and their media appearances, and their constant need to find someone to blame for their own failures.
If Donald Trump happens to get into a war of words with LaVar Ball, then America will likely suffer for it. Mentally, anyway.