That Donald Trump has serious problems with math was obvious from his analysis of the Republican tax bill, and will probably be even more obvious once his tax returns are finally leaked. It’s also incontrovertible that he has a major problem with the truth. As the most projection-prone president ever, he seems to think that everyone has the same motivations as he does.
All of these “qualities” were on display today when the President took a break from his perpetual golfing habit to visit a group of firefighters from the West Palm Beach Fire and Rescue team in Florida.
As typical of Trump’s public appearances in front of people who actually accomplish positive things for society, the president spent the vast majority of his time with the first responders bragging about himself and his own supposed accomplishments.
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He cited the record stock market (which of course hasn’t changed its trajectory since Obama started the turn around in the wake of the 2008 Republican-induced crash), the new tax bill (which will eventually drain more money and social services from the firefighters’ pockets to pay for the permanent tax cuts for oligarchs, investment bankers, and corporations), and bizarrely claimed to have helped pass and signed a record number of new laws.
“I believe — and you would have to ask those folks who will know the real answer — we have more legislation passed, including the record was [former president] Harry Truman a long time ago. And we broke that record, so we got a lot done,” he said.
Well, we asked the folks who know the real answer, and Google told us “Pants on fire! Ten Pinocchios!” The search engine directed us to this lovely chart from govtrackinsider.com:
Dead last! You have to hand it to Trump. When he lies, he lies bigly! Don’t be surprised if he decries these statistics as “fake news” or claims that his year was shorter than every other modern president, so it’s not a true comparison.
When the President finally stopped talking about himself long enough to praise the firefighters for their work, he did so in the most insulting way possible.
“You do a fantastic job so we just wanted to thank you very much,” Trump said.
He then made the scurrilous assumption that the 4 dozen or so assembled first responders wanted nothing more than the measure of fame that Trump himself uses to prove his self-worth. He said that now that they had attended the tightly-scheduled propagandistic photo op, they could “go back and watch yourselves on television.”
The comment was very telling for a President who went out of his way to deny reports that he spends most of his day glued to the TV when he’s not golfing. Sorry President Trump, these first responders actually have to go back to their jobs protecting people’s lives and property, not ruining them as you do.