I’ll be the first to admit that there’s very little importance in pointing out that Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration crowd was much larger than Donald Trump’s 2017 crowd. While it matters in the sense that it shows how unpopular Trump is, it doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. Normally this would have been fodder to discuss for a day or so, then we would have moved on.
As we all know, that’s not what happened.
Trump’s one of the most insecure human beings that many of us have ever witnessed, so he obsesses about people feeding his ego by telling him everything he does is the best it’s ever been done. I’ve never seen a grown man need constant reassurance (even if that reassurance is based on lies) in my entire life.
Well, on Thursday, a report from the Washington Post shed new light on how neurotic Trump really is:
On the morning after Donald Trump’s inauguration, acting National Park Service director Michael T. Reynolds received an extraordinary summons: The new president wanted to talk to him.
In a Saturday phone call, Trump personally ordered Reynolds to produce additional photographs of the previous day’s crowds on the Mall, according to three individuals who have knowledge of the conversation. The president believed that the photos might prove that the media had lied in reporting that attendance had been no better than average.
Trump also expressed anger over a retweet sent from the agency’s account, in which side-by-side photographs showed far fewer people at his swearing-in than had shown up to see Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.
So, on his first full day as Barack Obama’s successor, a day where he had more things he could have been focused on that are actually important, he took time to call the National Park Service to try to get them to find evidence that would help him back up his lie.
Keep in mind that this is also around the same time where, in a meeting with several members of Congress, he was pushing his conspiracy about “millions of illegal votes” being the only reason why he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.
Just let that all sink in for a moment.
During a time when he had just been sworn in to the most powerful position in the world, Trump’s ego was still so fragile that he was obsessing about crowd sizes and how many more votes Clinton received in an election that ended months ago.
For him to have personally called the National Park Service trying to get them to find evidence that would back up his delusions about the number of people who attended his inauguration crowd, there’s really no other way to say it — there’s something seriously wrong with this person.
No confident, mentally sound person would care about any of this. Yet he seems to be flat-out obsessing about it, as if it eats away at him that his inauguration crowd was small and his opponent received 3 million more votes than he did.
It’s incredibly sad.
The world is laughing at the United States right now. Nations all over the world are sitting back watching this country being led by someone who many feel is legitimately out of his mind. Even our enemies are loving the fact that “the most powerful nation on Earth” has an absolute buffoon leading it. We replaced a well-spoken, highly-intelligent man with a reality TV star who has the vocabulary of a 4th grader and can’t even control himself on social media.
I will always be a proud American, but I will fully admit that I’m ashamed to have this insecure, thin-skinned fool leading my country.
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