During his speech today, President Donald Trump stroked his overstuffed ego. He claimed that Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) told him that he is the “single greatest president in his lifetime.” With Hatch sitting at a healthy 83 years, that would be quite the compliment.
Trump didn’t stop there though and instead went on to say that Hatch actually told him he is “the greatest president in the history of our country,” including Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. It was deeply deluded bost from a deeply deluded man. Any reasonable person recognizes that Trump is in the running for worst American president of all time.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 1, 2018
Now, Ben Jacobs of The Guardian reports that Hatch’s spokesperson lightly refuted Trump’s statement. Hatch claims he said that Trump “can be” the greatest president ever but didn’t say he already “is” the greatest.
Per Hatch spox, he has said that Trump “can be” the greatest president ever but has never said "is"
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) February 1, 2018
Although Hatch corrected Trump, his statement is still indefensibly absurd. Donald Trump will never be so much as a competent leader, let alone the greatest of all time. He has no potential nor intention to improve as he’s already made abundantly clear with his blunder-filled first year in power.
Really the only thing our conman president can do at this point to help his legacy is resign immediately. At least, in that case, he won’t be able to do any more damage to our democratic institutions. As for Hatch, he’s a coward for supporting Trump and his regressive agenda, and history will remember him as such.