“I will be interviewed on
@foxandfriends at 8:00 A.M. Enjoy!” – Trump tweet 4-25-18
There really isn’t anyway to describe Trumps interview on Fox & Friends this morning other than manic. It started off calm and nonchalant enough but slowly and surely built into a ranting cascade against all of his perceived enemies and slights. It was such a sad and undignified display that even the hosts of the show tried to politely end the interview to mitigate the damage Trump was doing to himself.
As Trump was speaking I tried to visualize his situation, where he was and how he was reacting to the moment and the space he was in. It has been widely reported that he rarely leaves his private suite, which he occupies alone, before 10 or 11 am. Those close to him state that he spends most mornings watching news programs, scanning newspaper headlines, and tweeting his reaction to what he sees being reported on the television. The impression I get, by all accounts, is that he is very lonely and extremely isolated.
There is speculation that Melania Trump and their son spend very little time in the White House. In fact, it has been noted that she actually spends most nights in a hotel in Washington which would account for the reason why she doesn’t arrive with Trump from the White House as they make their way to Air Force One to travel to Mar-a-Lago seemingly every weekend.
But back to Trump, it was early, 8 am, I imagined him in his bathrobe still. His hair dresser and make-up artist, yes he has those, had already left and he was alone once again. He had his bank of televisions tuned to MSNBC, CNN and Fox. He states that he doesn’t watch MSNBC and CNN but it is pretty easy to correlate his tweet responses based on his viewing habits and both of those networks have borne the brunt of many of his angry Twitter retorts.
For 30 minutes Trump free-wheeled from one topic to another; North Korea, the Civil War, black voters, Kanye West (I imagined some 75-year-old white deplorable down in Florida asking, “Is that the name of a cereal?”), Michael Cohen, Stormy Daniels, VA nominee Ronny Jackson, threatened Sen. Jon Tester, bragged about his electoral victory again, the “liar and a leaker” James Comey, his trip to Moscow in 2013, the FBI, the Department of Justice and the job he is doing “I would give myself an A+”. And with each topic and as each minute passed Trump got louder, more manic and more irate.
Since he was on the phone the camera never left the three host who became noticeably concerned about the path Trump was headed down and they were right to be concerned. Once again Captain Chaos opened his mouth, acknowledging something he had long denied; “Michael represents me on some things … Like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal, he represented me.” which opened up a whole new can of worms for himself and Michael Cohen. Prosecutors, citing Trumps comments on Fox & Friends this morning that Cohen did “a tiny, tiny little fraction” of his legal work used that as their reasoning to the judge to expedite the review of the seized documents from Cohen.
I realize that even Trump deserves our compassion and empathy but it feels a lot like trying to offer sympathy to a Tick, or Mosquito, or a Leach (it is just a coincidence those are all blood sucking creatures). He simply makes it too damn hard to love him and his rant and rave this morning was a great example of why.
The reality is all the shit Trump is wading through he created by being a pompous-ass. He kicked the press and they kicked back. He kicked the Democrats and they kicked back. He kicked James Comey and he kicked back. He just can’t seem to get it through his thick orange head that maybe, just maybe, if he wasn’t such a dick that he could get some stuff done. Instead he plays the everybody hates me game because I am special, smart and rich.
I suspect it will be a quiet Twitter day for Trump. Hopefully someone has told him you have said enough for one day. Enjoy!
“It is all lies and it is a horrible thing that is going on, a horrible thing. Yet I have accomplished with all of this going on more than any president in the first year in our history. Everybody, even the enemies and haters admit that. We have accomplished more than any president in the first year by far.” – Trump on Fox & Friends 4-26-18