I don't have it in me to go through Trump's two-fer day staring with his reprehensible Prayer Breakfast meeting (and when is the last time you've heard that description of a Prayer Breakfast) and then his afternoon full-on crazy tantrum, including spitting out "bullsh*t" and "sleazebag" from the honored East Room of the White House. So much for all the weeping Republicans trying to criticize Nancy Pelosi for a lack of "civility" from ripping up paper.
But there was a brief passage from his afternoon session that didn't get much coverage at all, if any, however I think it speaks loudly to explain who Trump is.
“Other than one failed presidential candidate,” Trump said, referring to Mitt's Romney's "Guilty" vote in the impeachment trial, “and I call that half a vote because he actually voted for us on the other one. But we had one failed presidential candidate. That’s the only half a vote we lost."
“So we had almost 53 to nothing,” he went on. “We had won 197 to nothing. And the only one that voted against was a guy that can’t stand the fact that he ran one of the worst campaigns in the history of the presidency.”
Consider that a moment. In Trump's warped world, he was acquitted in the Senate by "almost" a vote of 53 to nothing. Never mind the 47 votes (or 48 votes on Article 1) that actually, truly, in utter reality were cast against him. To Trump, they don't count. He won 53 to nothing. Almost.
But worse, in the House there not only is no "almost," but he won! He won the House impeachment vote by the total of 197 to nothing. Never mind that it wasn't nothing -- he didn't win. He lost and was impeached by a vote of 230-197. But in the pathological mind of Trump, those 230 votes that impeached him, yet are in the Congressional Record and brought about the Senate trial, don't count. Don't exist. Zero. And he won.
No wonder the phone call that got him impeached was "perfect." No wonder he doesn't apologize. No wonder everyone who goes against him must be destroyed. No wonder he doesn't believe that Climate Change is a real thing. No wonder that he believes he was right about the incorrect path of Hurricane Dorian and had to draw a Sharpie line to extend the area. No wonder he didn't say he was wrong about putting Kansas City, Missouri, in the state of Kansas. No wonder he thinks no one knew Puerto Rico was an island surrounded by water. No wonder he thinks few people died during Hurricane Maria. No wonder he thinks if he loses it's rigged. No wonder he can ridicule a disabled reporter. No wonder he's lied 16,241 times since taking office. No wonder he has shown absolutely no empathy.
For Trump, as we see from his own words -- the other side doesn't exist. "Others" are a concept that doesn't appear to register with him. "We had won 197 to nothing" in an impeachment vote he lost 230-197.
It's not just that he lies. It's not that nothing else seems to matter to him but his own words, his opinion. It's that there doesn't even appear to be an "else," only him. So, perhaps he doesn't even think he's lying much of the time. Or most of the time. Or who knows, maybe all the time. Because the only truth is what comes out of his mouth, and there is nothing else. Zero. "We had won 197 to NOTHING."
And that is Trump in a nutshell.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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