The version of reality in which Donald Trump and his supporters live doesn’t seem to be the same one as the rest of us. It’s why I’ve described his following as more of a cult than anything else. This isn’t simply a matter of a “difference of opinion,” it’s devolved into a situation where Trump and his defenders literally just seem to make things up as they go along. He can say something today, completely contradict himself tomorrow, and neither he nor his supporters think there’s anything wrong with that.
At the end of 2015, when Trump said he could shoot someone in the middle of the street and his supporters wouldn’t abandon him, he really wasn’t joking. Based on the mind-numbing absurdities I’ve seen thus far, not only would most of the folks who defend him likely stand by his side, but they’d deny he had just committed murder — then claim the media’s coverage of the shooting was “fake news.” Sure, I’m exaggerating a little but, sadly, I really don’t think by all that much.
Case in point, comments made Monday by former Trump operative David Urban on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper. They were discussing a Fox News interview Ivanka Trump had earlier in the day where she said she was “blindsided” by the “viciousness” she’s seen directed at her and her family.
“Maybe she wasn’t paying enough attention to her dad during the campaign?” Tapper stated.
This is the textbook bully mentality. This idea that someone like her father could be as ruthless, petty, and hostile toward attacking others as he wants, including pushing conspiracies about Hillary Clinton’s health, Senator Ted Cruz’s father, and bringing Bill Clinton’s alleged mistresses to a presidential debate — but when people push back, they’re being “unfair” and “vicious.”
“It is true that there’s a level of viciousness in this town and certainly Ivanka, Jared, her father have been subjected to some of it,” Tapper said to Urban. “But a lot of people would say, Donald Trump’s no slouch when it comes to being vicious and getting tough.”
“This is politics, it’s a full-contact sport,” Urban agreed.
“But you don’t hear the president complaining,” he added.
“Um, I don’t if – you don’, we don’t hear the president complaining?” Tapper quipped, mockingly laughing at Urban’s assessment.
Right there — that’s exactly what I mean when I say the reality these folks are living in isn’t the same as the rest of us. Not only does Trump constantly complain, but he’s possibly the biggest whiner I’ve ever witnessed. It’s rare for him to go a full 24 hours without going on Twitter to throw some sort of hissy fit over someone or something being “unfair” to him.
Later fellow panelist Jen Psaki, former White House Communications Director under Barack Obama, made the observation that Ivanka put herself in a position to be ridiculed by accepting a position within her father’s administration. Accurately pointing out that she’s not just the daughter of the “president,” she’s a senior advisor.
It’s moments like this when I sit back and think about the endless scrutiny and attacks people like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton endured (in Clinton’s case, for over a quarter century), and I just laugh at what a thin-skinned, insecure bully Trump is. Someone who certainly likes to dish it out — but throws a fit like an out-of-control toddler the moment anyone gives it back.
Watch the segment below via CNN: