President Trump once again embarrassed himself on Twitter today, this time by sharing a fake quote about himself attributed to the late Ronald Reagan. He retweeted a real image of the two of them shaking hands, but a fabricated quote had been superimposed over it.
“For the life of me, and I’ll never know how to explain it, when I met that young man, I felt like I was the one shaking hands with a president,” the quote attributed to Reagan about a young Trump reads. The image spread around the internet some time ago, and PolitiFact already rated it as “Pants on Fire” false this past February.
Trump commented that it was “Cute!” which it most certainly is not. There are a lot of words to describe the idea of Reagan — whose own presidency had deeply troubling aspects — predicting the ascension of an accused rapist and racist to the Oval Office, but “cute” is definitely not one of them.
Furthermore, Reagan, despite all of his flaws, would almost certainly be horrified to learn Trump has become president, especially given our reality television leader’s penchant for bending over backward to appease Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2019
Twitter soon suspended the account that originally shared the picture, but The Hill reports that a screenshot survived, which still displays the president’s retweet in all its ignorance. The Hill adds that account which first shared the image posted it over two years ago and had just 13 followers, which begs the question of how the president found it in the first place. Given his infamous ego, a possible explanation is that he was trawling Twitter desperately for some kind of praise and eventually stumbled upon it.
It’s obviously deeply pathetic that the president would be so easily duped by a fake quote, but the fact that this image exists in the first place gets at the weird cultish worship that his followers display. They want to cast him as some Messianic figure sent to save the Republic so desperately that they’ll invent weird prophetic quotes like the one on the image.
The sad truth is that Trump is not here to save our country, he’s not here to even help it. He’s here to stroke his own ego and enrich himself and his cronies. The sooner his voters realize this, the sooner they can return to reality.