Until my luck ran out almost two years ago, I’d never been party to an abusive relationship with a narcissist, at least not on a long-term basis. I had a sociopath boss with narcissistic qualities once, and I solved that problem by quitting the job. But I can’t quit America.
Now, thanks to Vladimir Putin, anti-democracy Republican lawmakers and 62.98 million assholes, we’re all getting a crash course in what it’s like to have a malignant narcissist in our fucking grill every day. Everything about it is intolerable, but surprisingly, I find Trump’s neediness among his most personally irritating and repugnant traits.
The bottomless pit of need that is Trump has been on full public display since the 1980s, of course, but it’s worsened in the last week (month? year? century?) since excerpts of Woodward’s book began dribbling out in The Post and the anonymous op-ed appeared in The Times.
It’s no mystery why Marmalade Mugabe’s panicky handlers keep him tucked away at self-branded private clubs or shuttle him off to hinterland hate rallies so he can soak up the adulation of his brain-dead MAGA hordes. It’s the only way to keep him from completely losing his fucking mind in ways that might endanger the production of tax cuts for the rich and wingnut judges.
But President Obama’s speech late last week seems to have driven Trump around a fresh bend of lunacy. He has always told boastful lies and amplified sycophants, but there’s a noticeable increase in volume and decrease in quality just in the last 72 hours or so. For example, this is a real thing the president of the United States retweeted yesterday — some random, servile schmuck’s badly ‘shopped idolatry:
Thank god for Trump! pic.twitter.com/bnPaMHW3tB
— America First (@trueamerica1st) September 9, 2018
Remember when pundits used to count the number of times President Obama said “I” or “me” in a speech and present the total as evidence that Obama is self-absorbed? I mean, they’d offer this word count bullshit as if it were a brilliant piece of analysis.
Trump has tweeted a dozen or so boastful lies and retweeted or quoted worshipful material from sycophants like the above in the last 48 hours, but you probably won’t hear about it from Ron Fucking Fournier or anyone else. We’re used to this shit now, and it’s getting worse.
Not only has Trump been sucking his own dick at hate rallies and on social media platforms all weekend and well into Monday’s “executive time,” he’s enlisted hapless flunkies to attempt to bolster his lies in laughable ways at more traditional venues. Behold:
Lol. Trump economic adviser argues that this chart of prime-age workers re-entering the labor force shows a "break in the trend" pic.twitter.com/d9wmnH8qtD
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 10, 2018
Yep, in the first White House press briefing in nearly three weeks — a time period during which we were informed that an unelected cabal of sanctimonious wingnuts is actually running the country! — the Trump administration trotted out “Dow 36,000” guy Kevin Hassett to demonstrate that yes, Trump is better than Obama at the economics — by showing this startling “break in the trend” of job growth in a specific sector after Trump was elected.
Can’t see it? Maybe fetch your magnifying glass. That’s all they got. Oh, and at the briefing, Hassett was obligated to walk back Trump’s stupid lie from earlier today about the GDP being higher than the unemployment rate for the first time in 100 years — turns out Trump was only off by an order of magnitude or so.
But even riding the economic recovery that began under President Obama, Trump is still sinking in the polls. A CNN poll released today shows a drop to a 36% approval rating, down six points from last month. And this with no new wars, economic chaos or hurricane relief failures — just the endless, embarrassing fail parade that is the Trump presidency.
That’s going to drive him even more bugfuck insane, and even Rasmussen oversampling Republicans won’t provide a strong enough balm for that level of butt-hurt. So brace yourselves, fellow citizens. The compulsive public masturbation is about to get a lot worse. And you know what? I’m not sure I can fucking take it anymore. Seriously, this black hole of need that tries to suck up everyone’s attention all the fucking time is intolerable.
Thanks for listening. Just had to get that off my chest. Because it’s all about ME. Open thread!