Today, President Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly and repeated one of his favorite lies: he claimed that his administration has accomplished more than any almost any president’s before him. It’s something he started saying shortly after he took office and has bragged about it at rallies and on Twitter:
Since the first day I took office, all you hear is the phony Democrat excuse for losing the election, Russia, Russia,Russia. Despite this I have the economy booming and have possibly done more than any 10 month President. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2017
Of course, the claim couldn’t be further from the truth. The only real accomplishment by traditional standards is that he was able to appoint Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, something which Republicans were thrilled about but also something that any other GOP president would have been able to do. His second attempt to nominate someone to the bench has proved disastrous as his pick, Brett Kavanaugh, descends deeper into a sexual misconduct scandal.
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Beyond that, Trump’s only major legislative victory was the regressive tax cut bill he helped push through, funneling more wealth from the middle class to the super-rich in the process.
Luckily, when Trump made the boast today in front of world leaders, he finally got the response he’s long-deserved: they laughed in his face.
“In less than two years my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country. America’s… So true,” Trump said, as the room erupted into laughter.
He paused, visibly put off by the response. He faked a laugh. “Didn’t expect that reaction but that’s okay,” he said, trying to play it off as a good sport.
The obvious deep discomfort on his face told a different story. Nothing upsets a narcissist like Trump more than public humiliation and in the clip, you can see him practically squirming at the mockery. It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing, but also a sad reminder of how little the world respects the President of the United States now.
Trump says to UNGA, "In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country." There's a little laughter. Trump says "so true" and there's even more laughter. (via Fox) pic.twitter.com/XHH2YQRHvu
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 25, 2018