Wednesday, April 4, 2018

In His Own Words...

 Installment #5 in an on-going series:
Countdown to the 2020 Presidential Election

944 Days (as of April 4, 2018) to the next Presidential Election
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction. The daily doings of the current President of the United States, his Administration, and the party calling him one of their own illustrates the statement.

I was unsure where to begin this article. In our politically divided country today, anything and everything written (and spoken) is analyzed, insulted, criticized, called fake news, misinterpreted and quoted out of context. So the best way, I decided, to consider the President is in his own words, mainly Twitter words, because -

Many people have said I’m the world’s greatest writer of 140 character sentences. (Twitter, July 21, 2014)

Note to readers: I am not a Trump fan. If you are, you might want to stop reading now.

The President on His Assets

I am not suitable for the job of discussing the President because, as he so aptly tells the countrymen and women who are not his fans:

Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault (Twitter, May 9, 2013).

I am not going to blame my Mom and Dad for the fact that my intelligence level may not match that of The Donald (but who really knows?), but (unfortunately) I am probably, unlike the Prez, not a genius…

…my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart…I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius…(Twitter, January 6, 2018).

I cannot comment on the President’s mental stability. I am not a psychologist, psychiatrist or mental health professional and have never met him. I believe, however, if he is mentally stable a lot of the rest of us are raving lunatics.

However, perhaps we should feel sorry for the man. After all, his job is not as easy as he thought it would be. On the other hand, he could always resign…

I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier. (Interview with Reuters, April 2017)…Nobody knew health care could be so complicated (Feb. 27, 2018).

We must give the President a lot of credit for bravery: I really believe I’d run in there, even if I didn’t have a weapon (Comments on the Parkland high school massacre, Feb. 26, 2018).

I know more about ISIS than the generals do. Believe me. (Campaign rally, Nov. 2015)

I know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can fix them. (Twitter, Oct 2, 2016)

It is hard to know how the American public feels about the President because…any negative polls are fake news…(Twitter, February 6, 2017)


The President on His Friends

Good (Great) meeting in the Oval Office tonight with the NRA! (Twitter, March 2, 2018)

I’m automatically attracted to beautiful – I just start kissing them…When you’re a star, they let you do it…(Access Hollywood recording, 2005) All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously.

I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-Un. (Wall Street Journal interview January 2018)

The hatchet job in @NYMag about Roger Ailes is total bullshit…(Twitter Aug. 21, 2013)

Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.

I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85 year old American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He kept Arizona safe! (Twitter, Aug 25, 2017)


The President on Opponents and Those Who Were Never Friends or Are No Longer Friends

Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job he lost his mind. (Twitter, Jan. 3, 2018)

Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George (Papadopoulos), who has already proven to be a liar…(Twitter, Oct. 12, 2017)

I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI.

Thank you Omarosa for your service! I wish you continued success.

Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes.

If I were running The View, I’d fire Rosie O’Donnell. I mean, I’d look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say Rosie, you’re fired.

I don’t like losers.
The President on People and Politics

When someone attacks me, I always attack back...except 100x more. This has nothing to do with a tirade but rather, a way of life! (Twitter, Nov 11, 2012)

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace. Good people don’t go into government.

In conclusion…in the spirit of fairness the next installment of this series, weeks or months from now, will mention and probably bash both parties. Maybe.
Notes

 Frederick Douglass, African-American social reformer, abolitionist, lived in the 19th century – 1818?-1895.

Quotes not referenced from Twitter can be found here.

All Trump tweets can be found here