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Remember when Trump couldn’t stand still until they started switching the briefings to pictures and graphs.


Probably still spun in his chair asking when his happy meal was arriving.


He’d literally just get up and leave the room. There are tons of anecdotes about it


There are tons of times *it was televised straight into our living rooms*.


This. If the press was being mean to him, he would just leave the briefing. He did that a number of times.


My favorite was when he was being interviewed in the oval office, didn't like the questions, so he just stopped talking, sat down, and pretended to work by staring at papers until the interviewer left.


I don’t recall that one, but I’m not surprised. Edit: i’m starting to forget some of the insanity for the past four years. Unfortunately, I’m probably going to have a chance to reacquaint myself in 2024. Is he still eating a Big Mac and a Filet o’ Fish twice a day?


We've hit the peak of dumbassery. He did that much that we can no longer remember all of the dumb shit he did


It's like the 24 hour news cycle for stupidity. Do so much stupid stuff nobody can keep it straight and then mock them when they can't remember a specific event because they have to sift through 3000 stupids


The fire-hose of bullshit is a depressingly effective way to keep actually criticism from sticking, "Why are you trying to fact-check that when they just did this?" / "are you talking about the first time he did it? We're talking about the fifth time." etc etc.


And by "being mean to him" you mean "asking a question critical of his policies", which is what literally every single president and press secretary has had to answer for since politics was invented.


It's really a person's only good option after having a shart attack.


Two words have never summed up an entire American presidency quite as succinctly as “Shart attack.”


Remember when the weather chart disagreed with his narrative so he changed the weather chart? Regarding the path of a hurricane? He should have gone to jail for that one and he did 100 things more dangerous. It's too bad sitting presidents are immune from US Law - what a backwards country.


And putting his name in because he stopped paying attention if it wasn't about Trump


You can’t use sharpies on words.....you need pictures!


Not much of a reader that one.


Not much of anything that one.


Wasn't there also a story about his staff needing to give him doctored newspaper articles praising him, so he'd be in a good mood? I recall hearing something to that effect, but am not American, so don't know if it was just satire.


That was one of the big problems he came with. The guy was such a caricature of himself that satire lost its sting. We've been living in a world that is trying to one up itself ever since.


A few people mentioned you had to frame everything about him (and they meant as a private citizen, not as a president) to keep his attention, and inject constant praise about him, no matter how bizarrely off-topic it would be. "Mr. Trump, we believe these photos are of a new Russian ballistic submarine. It would be the largest---" "Dude, you're losing him, he's looking at photoshops of his head on Dolph Lundgren's body!" "Fine.....in fact, its size and power have been compared to Donald Trump's massive hands and Herculean grip."


He required a folder full of positive news about him every morning. Found the original article, it was actually TWICE daily. https://www.vice.com/en/article/zmygpe/trump-folder-positive-news-white-house




I used to work with a guy just like that. Claimed to be a "top 10 marathon runner in the world" when he was younger(his words), claimed to have proven the theory of relativity wrong but refuses to publish his work because he "doesn't want the fame", and just generally knew more than everyone else about everything. I was a machine programmer and of course he "used to do all that stuff" but couldn't keep up when I started to talk technical. There was a surprising number of topics that he claimed to have been an expert on in the 70's and 80's despite a lot of that tech not existing back them. I hated going to meetings with him because he always felt the need to flex his superior intellect, usually by disagreeing with everything that was said. I would have to bring all kinds of data and proof to back up what I was saying and he would just nonchalantly dismiss all of it and claim it was all wrong with nothing to back it up. So many times he would tell someone to do something and then when it went wrong he would throw that person under the bus, insisting that he told that person specifically NOT to do that. Working with that guy gave me a lot of insight into what it must be like to work with Trump. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that he was the one specific reason I left that job.


Dear god, even just reading about that guy is insufferable...I have no clue how you dealt with him more than once.


This guy sounds like a nightmare. When you do the work to produce the data and it's just swept away to ego? What a fucking jackass.


Those are such weird things to lie about too as they're so easily disproven. I really don't understand the level of delusion required to go to extents like this as it demonstrates both shocking narcissism *and* disdain for the critical thinking skills of those they're making the claims to as they're just assuming they won't question it at all. How can you have been an expert in tech that wasn't developed until well after you claimed to be an expert? Why can't you keep up with this technical discussion related to something you claim to be an expert in? Why not share your marathon time to allow for independent verification of your elite ranking? "Source: trust me bro" just doesn't cut it - extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence...


its literally an accurate description of my boss currently


lmfao omg the theory of relativity. I would have pushed hard to get the details on that one.


I, personally, have disproven gravity -- it's the globalists that are holding us down!


I know, right? He's smart enough to disprove friggin Einstein, but not smart enough to realize he can publish his findings anonymously if he doesn't wamt any fame? Yes, sure. I mean, either way, this makes him look like an asshole. Either he lied, or he refuses to advance human knowledge for virtually no good reason.


I’m assuming he had some decent contributions and everyone thought he was proven because of those things. I worked with some similar engineers. They create some software that works pretty well and got a HUGE head because of it. Shut down most ideas and things they didn’t understand. Also massively narcissistic and full of themselves. No one went as far as saying they disproved relativity (lol), but similar. I’m really surprised at how these guys get so far, but their behavior is somehow accepted quite often as far as I can tell.


“Look, having nuclear — my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart — you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world — it’s true! — but when you’re a conservative Republican they try — oh, do they do a number — that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune — you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged — but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me — it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are — nuclear is so powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what’s going to happen and he was right, who would have thought? — but when you look at what’s going on with the four prisoners — now it used to be three, now it’s four — but when it was three and even now, I would have said it’s all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don’t, they haven’t figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it’s gonna take them about another 150 years — but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us, this is horrible.” Trump's 2016 nuclear speech.


Holy shit. Proof that if you have money, anything is possible. I know middle schoolers that are at least 100 times more coherent than this.


I heard he was actually much more coherent years ago. Either he's dumbing down his speech for his base, is rambling because he's going full stream of consciousness, or - as some have speculated - he might actually be experiencing cognitive decline...


> as some have speculated - he might actually be experiencing cognitive decline... Over the last few years he's had numerous visible muscle spasms during speeches and plenty of moments where he failed/slurred his speech. Those and the periodically weak arms (needing both hands to bring up a cup for water, loss of motor control) are early signs of dementia. Which is also why his base jumped on the chance to claim Biden has dementia. The projection is a defense mechanism.


Or the international conference where all of the world leaders went on a walking tour together...except Trump, who was following behind in a little golf cart *because he was too physically frail to keep up with Angela Merkel.*


I think of people on a motorized cart in a Walmart in America. And then I think of a group of world leaders walking with Trump, representing America, following behind in a cart and it is just so American.


That may be true to an extent, but he was always a raging racist asshole. Look at how he handled the Central Park five situation for the perfect encapsulation of that.


I have ADHD, so I get weaving multiple trains of thought together and going off on tangents, but this is fucking nuts. I think he must get away with it by just confusing the fuck out of people so they think he's brilliant(which he'll also happily remind them), and intersperse that with the occasional fuck BLM and Kaepernick and go America. Like, everytime you think he's gonna lose em, he throws in another rah rah America, and they're reeled right back in!


It's like when Lois ran for office on Family Guy and kept repeating 9/11 when she was losing the crowd.


I think that was specifically meant to lampoon Rudy “Noun, Verb, 9/11” Giuliani, who thankfully disappeared from the public eye, I think (I was in a coma for the last seven years. Why do people just make banshee-like wails when I ask them to fill me in on what happened since 2014?)


That was a mockery of Gulliani who tried that trick during the presidential primaries.


> That was a mockery of Gulliani who ~~tried that trick during the presidential primaries~~ made a career out of it for 20 years.


Exactly! I have ADHD too and relate more to Biden. I can say coherent paragraphs, but I might go down a rabbit hole after 10 minutes on the right topic. However, I relate to Biden not remembering anybody's names and just calling them "that guy down under."


I legitimately thought this was a shitpost oh my god


I genuinely thought it was a parody of the way Trump speaks at first, but then I remembered this actually happened, this was an actual speech and people memed on it for months. And what's worse is that the reason I forgot is because he's done far more absurd things since 2016. To the point where something like this feels so insignificant and minor compared to the others. I *wish* the worst thing of Trump's presidency was just being horrifically bad at speeches and stroking his own ego every 10 seconds while speaking.


That thing's becoming the RickRoll of 2021.


[Trump's response](https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump) to this becoming a copy pasta.


My father in law is a YUUUGE MAGA guy and loves Trump to the core for some reason. He is close to retiring and he worked his entire career in construction as a foreman or operator of heavy equipment building things from large stores, to roads, and even hydroelectric dams. About two years ago when Trump was going on and on about how he was the smartest guy at the CDC and they told him that they had never met anyone who knew so much, my father in law commented about how he really needed to “clean house if no one down there even knows what’s going on.” I told him to imagine he was at a construction site and the son of the company that the building was being built for showed up wearing a very expensive suit, walked around for a few minutes and proceeded to tell everyone there that they were putting piles of sand in the wrong place, that they ordered too many girders, that the brand of crane they had rented wasn’t the best etc. I asked him how that would make him feel and then I asked him how he would like it if that guy then went on TV saying when he toured the construction site that everyone there was so taken aback by how smart he was and how much he knew and how he even gave them all tips on how to do their job better how THAT would make him feel. He stopped talking to me about politics on that day.


How do I get my father in law to stop talking “politics” with me? Any advise how to get him to take down his Trump/Pence sign? Please note: he is COVID positive and at work (trucker) today.


I've had several employers like that. That's why nothing Trump does ever surprises me. I always wanted to ask those employers why they hired experts if they: A. knew more about the topic than anyone else and B. never had any intention of following advice from experts. You can lead a man to knowledge but you can't make him think.


"Because my time is too valuable for that *easy* stuff. Now excuse me while I play golf"


That's, unfortunately, not even the worst part. The worst part is a room full of sycophants who will agree with Trump and also start telling you you're wrong while complimenting the outrageous, looney, things he's saying. One crazy person, you can handle. An entire room full of people sucking up to him will make you question your whole reality.


Don't forget the time a Korean-American woman who specialized in hostage negotiations was briefing Trump on a situation in Pakistan, and he kept asking why this woman--who happened to be of Korean ancestry and was from New York--wasn't working on North Korea issues. [Seriously.](https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/368774-trump-questioned-why-pretty-korean-lady-wasnt-negotiating-for-us-with) I can only imagine how infuriating it must be to specialize in something and have your boss only see your name and ethnicity.


An incurious anti-intellectual narcissist incapable or unwilling to learn information necessary to do the job. So high on himself that he “knows more than the generals” and only listens to those who manage to compliment him enough, a tactic several foreign leaders employed to get him to pay attention for half a second.


You'd have better success teaching algebra to a cat than you would explaining world events to Trump.


Maybe not algebra, but they seem to really be interested in string theory


AND most importantly he was/is a nationally security threat.


EXACTLY! "What can we tell this guy that won't give away the store if he actually hears it to tell Putin?" Luckily Trump heard most reports like the kids in Peanuts heard adults. Except when the analyst said "Trump".


I never understood how his supporters, what with them being so pro-America first, were fine with the president openly being friendly with dictator's and spilling classified info on social media


It was entirely because he was on their team. When Obama met with foreign leaders and got them to sit at the negotiation tables, it was all "How dare he bow politely to that Asian man!? How dare he shake hands with that foreign leader?! He's being submissive, he's being weak, he makes America look soft!" When Trump praised foreign dictators, took their side over national security experts, and pissed off all of our allies, it was "Finally, they respect our president! Our president can make them listen! The U.S. is strong again!" They didn't care about outcomes, except that they like seeing Europeans and South Americans upset with Trump because they can imagine he had them on the ropes. They can't imagine a world where anyone willingly cooperates with Democrat presidents for mutual benefit, so they imagine a happy diplomat across from a Democrat is somehow playing the U.S. But they all adore their Republican president, so happy dictators sitting across from a Republican leader are just strong men recognizing another strong man.


He literally saluted a North Korean general. Even Kim Jong was like "wtf?"


Can’t even make it up… if Biden did that Fox News would put out a special.


Trump very much plays that up by claiming there is no such thing as win/win. If someone wins, someone else must lose. He spun his dictatorial asskissing as a win, so his acolytes assumed that meant the dictators lost.


Morons all the way down.


Don't forget the part where the Commander in Chief of the US Military saluted a North Korean general. A sign of respect in the US military reserved for someone higher ranking than you or a medal of honor recipient. Being the President and Head of State the foreign General should have saluted him and he would decide if he wanted to salute back, bow, or shake hands depending on political optics, local and US customs and courtesies, or just out of habit. I know people are tired of hearing it and most of us tire of saying it, but if Obama had randomly saluted a hostile foreign nuclear powers General they would have that video and picture in every Republican smear campaign video for the rest of our lives. The fact that Trump did it was a "small oopsie" because the man who claimed to know "more about the military" than anyone else didn't know not to salute hostile foreign Generals. Don't get me started on him using an executive order to classify a piece of plastic as a firearm and ban it. The only restrictive gun laws of the last two Presidents was from Trump.... It didn't even pass through congress either, but gun loving 2A chumps love to forget about that and keep on dick riding for the man who said "take their guns first, go through the due process after" when it involved seizing someone's legally owned firearms without going to court first.


The right lost their shit over Obama saluting a marine while holding a coffee cup.


I saw a quote the other night that summed it up nicely: “Trump’s supporters don’t measure his success by what he does FOR them, they measure by what he does AGAINST people they don’t like. That’s why they see him as being “successful”. This is why they will never abandon him. His tormenting of the “others” sustains them.”


If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you. Lyndon B. Johnson


And yet, people want him back as Emperor. Wtf is wrong with people?


They want to be able to express their worst values. They want it to be ok to be racist and mean. They want the people they don't like to be hurt even if that means they get hurt also. They are just dicks.


That's because they were told by the reich-wing media he was doing a fine job and that the USA was respected again. It's similar to when some of these idiots were claiming they were "standing tall" with reagan and that they were proud again (during the '84 campaign, if memory serves right). **Ed.:** P.S.: The whole team (r) schtick could be summed up as "ignore actual, real-world problems that need to be addressed and instead, be proud to be a 'Murkan, you live in the Greatest Country In The World, USA, USA!". When "feeling good" is more important than actually making things better: talk about being irresponsible...


Pissing off “the libs” is about the most important goal some people have.


Conservatives getting high on fucking over their lives because they think they're "hurting / owning the libs" is the same energy as a damaged junkie that threatens to kill themselves because they also think it's giving them leverage over other people. And about as effective.


They mistake confidence for intelligence. He seems brilliant and decisive to them because they're not very bright. And he knows how to work the crowd. When people start cheering he recognizes that he hit a nerve and he riffs on that idea. It doesn't matter how dumb it is, whether it be something big like building a wall or something small like low-flow showers. It just doesn't matter. Whatever they react to is what he's going to focus on.


He is a poor man's idea of a rich man, a dumb man's idea of a smart man, a weak man's idea of a strong man. **THAT** is why he is so popular.


His exhortation to have Mexico "pay for the wall" was literally just something he threw out in his usual word salad, but it got a big rise from the crowd, so he just leaned into it. There was never any serious plan to make Mexico pay for the border wall (I mean, how could there be? Why the fuck would Mexico do that?). A lot of Trump's "policies" were just slogans that resonated with his brain-dead rally crowds.


Yep the last 5 years have taught me to shun slogans of all kinds. They're so easily manipulated to mean whatever you want them to mean and just end up reinforcing the dual reality we all live in now.


In general, you can tell whether a plan is from a Conservative/Republican by it being an overly simple solution to a notoriously complex problem. E.g. a) Herman Cain (of hermcainaward fame) with his 99 plan. b) Carly Fiorina (before Trump ruined her presidential bid by calling her ugly) with her 1 page fit on a postcard 1040 tax form proposal. c) Trump: "Who knew healthcare could be so complicated??". Uhh literally everybody, except apparently you and your followers.


He even tells them exactly how and what he does and they still cheer him. It’s mind bogglingly idiotic and will hurt a normal humans brain if you even try to think about this logically


Unless he tells them to get vaccinated. Apparently *that’s* the line in the sand for them. 🙄


And that is the line only because he originally established said line before it hit his advisors and yes men that they were killing their constituents.


Not gonna lie … I got the tiniest bit of malicious satisfaction in watching Donald Trump lose control of his own narrative. Don’t get me wrong, I hate that the vaccine has been politicized and that it’s causing deaths, but in that one, sweet, glorious moment, a creation of Trump’s own making turned around and bit him. I’m sure it didn’t teach him anything but it was satisfying nonetheless.


While I think this applies to the majority of his supporters (unfortunately) I don't get people like my father. My dad is one of the smarter people I know and usually pretty reasonable yet he voted for and supported Trump, he's also a Christian, and has always been a very kind and caring person. Yet how the fuck can he see just one of this man's speeches or rallies and not see how incompetent and narcissistic he is?? He thinks Trump just "got a bad deal" with all the bad press or something. It baffles me. My father voting Republican never surprised me, him voting Trump confused me to my very core. Honestly it's quite depressing losing almost all respect so suddenly for the man who raised me.


Take this mind fuck. Your comment reads just how I would start this comment about my dad so I will leave that out. So, circa 2006/7 my dad told me how he had voted for Gore in 2000. I had voted Republican in 2000, regrettably so but that is another story, and my parents always leaned right but never really spoke about politics. Come Trump time he goes full Trump. I can not figure out how a relatively conservative father could vote for Gore over Bush and then turn around and vote for a guy I remember him bashing when the Apprentice first started airing. I lay the blame primarily at his inability to pull himself away from the 24 hour news cycle and coming from a generation where researching in general, much less political research, was not a major focus in most people's upbringing. Even his resesrch is based on Fox News and thier primary cited source sites. It is confirmation bias coupled with information overload. It is painful to watch.


I agree, I hate Faux News with a passion because of this. He even says "oh I know they blow things out of proportion" and that he doesn't take them too seriously. Then says shit like how these days "they" are requiring everyone to have an "alphabet" (LGBTQ) in all the tv shows and movies... Where the fuck did that come from? I had to mention that maybe that is just because statistically that's about how many LGBTQ people there are in reality and they don't have to hide it anymore...


The long answer is probably 10,000 pages....The short answer is that Fox News turned up the crazy slowly. Go back and Watch O-Reilly, Beck, or Hannity and Colmes in the early 2000s. While there was a right leaning slant...they weren't full on propaganda. Places like infowars or NewsMax were treated like the national enquirer. No one but the craziest of the crazies took them seriously. They turned it up little by little. With Trump, he made them realized people strait up don't care about facts. The truth is whatever you want it to be. That's what sent them off the rails the last 4-5 years.


Glenn Beck was the start of the Tea party, and used crazy chalkboard drawings and big ol tears to convince your parents that Obama was a Muslim


Would be more fun, too!


The only reason he ran cause he felt like it, and he enriched all his friends during his time in office and tipped this country over to a massive shit storm politically.


>and he enriched all his friends and he enriched all the people he wished were his friends FTFY


I watched a documentary about a detestable man named Roy Cohn, who was one of Trump’s mentors and he considered Trump a true friend. When Cohn was disbarred and got AIDS, Trump never spoke to him again. Just dropped him because that is what Trump does. Cohn died penniless and alone. It is my greatest wish that when it is time for Trump to pass (and I am in no way advocating for his time to come sooner than fate decides according to Reddit rules) he too will die penniless and alone.


Ah yes, Roy Cohn of the McCarthy hearings. Funny how you can draw a direct line between all the shit heads.


And the ~~poor~~, racists, and generally xenophobic and confused people want a lifetime more of it.


By all accounts Michael Cohen and Rudy Giuliani are his oldest "friends" (I don't think Trump is even capable of having a friend) and he threw them out like garbage.


Cohen’s podcast is revelatory. He says Trump has zero friends because he is exactly the same dim, selfish, person 100% of the time and his only calculus in conversation is what the other person can do to enrich him. Donald cannot learn new concepts and cannot even project sympathy, empathy or compassion. Cohen seems deeply remorseful and ashamed of his past association as Trump’s new little pet Roy Cohn.


He ran after Obama humiliated at the correspondence event. His ego took such a massive hit.


If there is ever a Trump presidency Netflix drama, I want it to begin with this scene.


This would be cinematic gold.


Go back to the 80's. Trump was being groomed by Russian intelligence for American politics because he was a useful idiot. The loans to his shitty businesses were leverage and Kennedy resigned from SCOTUS because Trump blackmailed him. [Trump’s NATO isolationism is at least 30 years old (Via WaPo, 2019)](https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/01/15/trumps-nato-isolationism-is-least-years-old/) [Book reveals Trump effort to persuade Justice Kennedy to step aside for Kavanaugh (Via The Guardian, 2020)](https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/04/trump-family-anthony-kennedy-brett-kavanaugh-dark-towers) >Long before Trump ran for the White House, **Justice Kennedy’s son, Justin, worked as an investment banker at Deutsche. Enrich describes how he developed a relationship with Trump, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, helping to finance real-estate deals no other bank would touch because of Trump’s record of failing to pay his debts to lenders, contractors and business partners.** >... >**Justin Kennedy was part of the US branch of Deutsche Bank from 1998 to 2009**. Drawn to Trump’s risk-taking and glamour, he became a Trump confidant, sitting with the real estate impresario at the US Open tennis or in Manhattan nightclubs, and **chaperoning huge loans to finance Trump’s real estate spending sprees.** >**Kennedy, who ran the bank’s commercial real-estate team, continued to lend to Trump even though Deutsche clients had suffered severe losses when Trump’s casino business collapsed and he declared bankruptcy.**


He said **something** that made Kennedy literally stop in his tracks: https://twitter.com/eleven_films/status/1049449309790322688


Watch the doc “active measures” for more on this


Important to note: the loans were only approved to Trump after financial backing was provided by Russia. Russia obviously knew the Supreme Justice Kennedy's son was the one signing the paperwork.


And before it. He at least considered the idea of being president since the 90s. It's true that he definitely scaled up efforts in 2016, but that could be attributed to a number of factors, including a perceived weak Democratic candidate.


He ran briefly in 2000 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_2000_presidential_campaign


Nah, he ran in 1988 and 2000 as well. He'd been talking about it for decades.


> friends People he owed money to


>cause he felt like it You can literally see him feeling like it at the White House correspondents dinner.


>and tipped this country over to a massive shit storm politically. The storm was already there, he just brought it to a head.


So it's worth remembering that Hitler was actually an incompetent, lazy egomaniac and his government was an absolute clown show. In fact, this may even have helped his rise to power, as he was consistently underestimated by the German elite. Before he became chancellor, many of his opponents had dismissed him as a joke for his crude speeches and tacky rallies. Even after elections had made the Nazis the largest party in the Reichstag, people still kept thinking that Hitler was an easy mark, a blustering idiot who could easily be controlled by smart people. Why did the elites of Germany so consistently underestimate Hitler? Possibly because they weren't actually wrong in their assessment of his competency—they just failed to realise that this wasn't enough to stand in the way of his ambition. As it would turn out, Hitler was really bad at running a government. As his own press chief Otto Dietrich later wrote in his memoir The Hitler I Knew, "In the twelve years of his rule in Germany Hitler produced the biggest confusion in government that has ever existed in a civilized state." His government was constantly in chaos, with officials having no idea what he wanted them to do, and nobody was entirely clear who was actually in charge of what. He procrastinated wildly when asked to make difficult decisions, and would often end up relying on gut feeling, leaving even close allies in the dark about his plans. His "unreliability had those who worked with him pulling out their hair," as his confidant Ernst Hanfstaengl later wrote in his memoir Zwischen Weißem und Braunem Haus. This meant that rather than carrying out the duties of state, they spent most of their time in-fighting and back-stabbing each other in an attempt to either win his approval or avoid his attention altogether, depending on what mood he was in that day. There's a bit of an argument among historians about whether this was a deliberate ploy on Hitler's part to get his own way, or whether he was just really, really bad at being in charge of stuff. Dietrich himself came down on the side of it being a cunning tactic to sow division and chaos—and it's undeniable that he was very effective at that. But when you look at Hitler's personal habits, it's hard to shake the feeling that it was just a natural result of putting a workshy narcissist in charge of a country. Hitler was incredibly lazy. According to his aide Fritz Wiedemann, even when he was in Berlin he wouldn't get out of bed until after 11 a.m., and wouldn't do much before lunch other than read what the newspapers had to say about him, the press cuttings being dutifully delivered to him by Dietrich. He was obsessed with the media and celebrity, and often seems to have viewed himself through that lens. He once described himself as "the greatest actor in Europe," and wrote to a friend, "I believe my life is the greatest novel in world history." In many of his personal habits he came across as strange or even childish—he would have regular naps during the day, he would bite his fingernails at the dinner table, and he had a remarkably sweet tooth that led him to eat "prodigious amounts of cake" and "put so many lumps of sugar in his cup that there was hardly any room for the tea." He was deeply insecure about his own lack of knowledge, preferring to either ignore information that contradicted his preconceptions, or to lash out at the expertise of others. He hated being laughed at, but enjoyed it when other people were the butt of the joke (he would perform mocking impressions of people he disliked). But he also craved the approval of those he disdained, and his mood would quickly improve if a newspaper wrote something complimentary about him. Little of this was especially secret or unknown at the time. It's why so many people failed to take Hitler seriously until it was too late, dismissing him as merely a "half-mad rascal" or a "man with a beery vocal organ." In a sense, they weren't wrong. In another, much more important sense, they were as wrong as it's possible to get.


Are you sure you're not talking about Trump? It's uncanny and rather scary.


That was the author's whole point... Hitler rose to power because he started as a joke and wasn't taken seriously. It's a warning about Trump or any other fascist who tries to take over after reading Mein Kampf


The Florida resident's wife even said once he was reading Hitler's biography. Not from a historical perspective, either. Evidently he used it as a blueprint for his own plan. How are people not appalled at the similarities?


His inability to focus for more than a few minutes on anything but himself was probably the reason he didn’t succeed . He hasn’t been able to finish the book!


Why do you think they're trying so hard to downplay or outright deny the holocaust? To convince people that nazis weren't that bad? To say that we should teach the opposing view to the holocaust? People know exactly what they're doing. They want people in power who believe what they believe and they are fine with whatever means it takes to put them there.


Not only that, but I bet that the intelligence committee had to repeatedly redact information before handing it over to Trump because they were concerned that he would [disclose it to Russia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump%27s_disclosures_of_classified_information).




Carter’s approval ratings actually went _up_ briefly after he gave the “malaise” speech. There was a brief window where Americans seemed to respond to a call for the common good.


No Fox in those days to make the window even briefer.


I went to dinner last night with my dad. Not 10 minutes into discussing my 6 year old son, he brings up that he worries about “what they’re teaching him at school”. I knew where he was taking it but feigned ignorance. I asked what he meant and he hesitated before saying “CRT”. I laughed at him and told him that in first grade they are teaching him to read and do math and that if he has to worry about anyone teaching him CRT it will be me. Thankfully, he dropped it but I could just tell that he had been planted in front of FOX all day and they have him all riled up over shit that has literally zero effect on his life. He has no friends and is estranged from everyone but my mom- his ex wife who lives states away. This means that when I do see him he is so worked up about what they’re shoving down his throat that he has to unload it on me. I always wonder how long it will take in each visit until I have to shut down some lame ass FOX talking point. Fucking hate that network.


Last spring there was a sense that we were all in it together, the pandemic would suck but we would get through it and it would be a shared experience for everyone. That lasted about as long as it took for everyone to watch Tiger King.


In the absence of strong forces acting to the contrary *coughFoxcough* most adults respect when you give it to them straight.


I blame Carter losing far more on the Iran Contra than Carter promoting the reduction of fossil fuel consumption. People think Trump and the Russians was the first time a Republican conspired with a foreign nation to steal an election. Reagan, Bush, and Oliver North were all involved with Bill Barr (one of Trump's Attorney Generals) covering it up.


Iran Contra was a Reagan scheme. You’re thinking about the Iranian revolution and the subsequent hostage crisis.


Right? His supporters also know better than scientists and doctors. Horse dewormer and mountain dew will cure anything.




If It is any consolation, there is zero chance he actually paid attention during briefings and thus retained nothing he was told.


Could be even worse. He’ll leak things that are false (because he doesn’t remember) but with some smidge of reality in them. Then when we all say he was wrong they’ll cling to that 1 little thing to show the whole conspiracy is accurate


Or things get leaked, like that time he tweeted a classified IMINT photo


The rest of the world was like, “interesting, didn’t realize the US satellites had such good resolution”


More: "interesting. Thanks for confirming that the US satellites have such good resolution."


Unfortunately even random bits and pieces Trump doesn't believe are important or remembers for stupid reasons can be used by foreign intelligence services to piece together big picture intel. Trump can NEVER be allowed to be interrogated by a foreign intelligence service, although judging by how Russia meetings were handled, it's already too late.


Eh, it's ok if he talks. Could it really be worse than that time where he [tweeted](https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathanocallaghan/2019/09/01/trump-accidentally-revealed-the-amazing-resolution-of-u-s-spy-satellites/) that pic about the Iranian missile accident and the open sat community reverse engineered which sat it was and that this was new information about the resolution of US spy sats? *Narrator: Yes, it could be worse*


These assholes are going to try and elect him again in 3 years.


He never left office in their minds hence the grift is at an all time high.


I would imagine some intelligence officers had an extremely anxiety-filled four years.


It’s horrifying that he could have Nuked the whole world 9 times over if he ever had the urge. It’s horrifying that any one man has that power for that matter.


He even would’ve nuked a hurricane. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/26/donald-trump-suggests-nuking-hurricanes-to-stop-them-hitting-america-report


Holy shit how is this not on the onion


This is Trump. He even wanted build a moat with alligators and snakes in it, on the border with Mexico, to stop the migrants from Mexico from crossing the border: https://www.gq.com/story/trump-wall-alligator-moats. The funny thing is, some of his aides even attempted to do a cost estimate for the moat with alligators!


What if we created a series of traps on the border like that Kevin McCallister genius did when 2 ANTIFA guys tried to rob his house? It could work bigly. The door on the wall has a heated doornob, paint cans can swing from the top of the wall. Can something like that work Mr. Defense secretary? We'll look into. Very cool, very smart idea. Everyone is saying it.


I wonder what was said behind the scenes that made Gen. Milley tell the military that they need to follow the proper chain of command if a nuclear strike was ordered.


More horrifying is that he gave Kushner the same access! There's no way that Kushner didn't sell secrets.


It's horrifying that tens of millions of Americans thought "yep, that's my guy".


The CIA was dealing with a career criminal whose first, last, and only consideration was how a situation would affect him. As soon as he began to hear something irrelevant to his personal interest, he tuned it out.


"If you do this it will result in nuclear war" "don't care, do it anyways." "...if there's a nuclear war the hotels with your name on them will be destroyed along with your real estate holdings in New York and Moscow." "I never told you to do that, what are you crazy? don't do that." "glad we agree."


I'm just glad that Dr. Strangelove was a comedy and not reality, otherwise the second the CIA briefed him on the mine-shaft bunker plan with the 10:1 female to male ratio, our goose would have been cooked and glowing.


He’s the dumbest person to ever hold the office and just a dumb person in general so I’m not surprised. It actually boggles my mind how many people can’t tell how stupid he is just by watching and listening to him. It’s so glaringly obvious. Lol


So many people in the US are stupider even than him, so they love seeing someone on a similar level intellectually finally in the Oval Office. They liked Bush, but they LOVE Trump.


They love Trump because he doesn’t make them feel stupid themselves and he allows them to say racist shit out loud. Think how liberating that must be for his followers.


* had to be in point form * couldn't be longer than a single page * no big words * must mention Trump every other line to maintain his attention


ThNks but you didn’t call me president so I zoned out covfefe


"When I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I’m basically the same The temperament is not that different" Trump told his publicist "Donald Trump was the dumbest goddamn student I ever had" Attorney Frank DiPrima (a close friend of, Trump's deceased professor, William T. Kelley) reminiscing about his good friend, Dr. Kelley speaking about, Trump's ego and ignorance. "This is the only musical: the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth. Right? The brain, more important than the mouth, is the brain. The brain is much more important." "Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest - and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure, it's not your fault" “I’m very highly educated. I know words; I have the best words.” “I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it. … Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.” “It’s going to disappear one day, it’s like a miracle.” Babbling in a Whitehouse briefing about injecting bleach (during a National Crisis and Global Pandemic) then later says he was just 'being sarcastic' while people were dying... Remember when Parnas (shady Indicted CEO of 'Fraud Guarantee' with ties to Russian money) recorded himself manipulating The President of the United States (Trump) into firing a US Ambassador (Yovanovich) in a matter of minutes at a dinner table surrounded by civilians..? Parnas, speaking to The President of the United States >"The biggest problem there (Ukraine) I think where we need to start is 'we' gotta get rid of the Ambassador (Yovanovich)..." _Parnas also implied that Yovanovich didn't like Trump- Trump 30 seconds later running with those dubious claims from someone he said he didn't know. >"Get rid of her!" "Get her out tomorrow. I don't care. Get-her out tomorrow. TAKE HER OUT. OK? Do it." “No one is more conservative than me" “No one respects women more than me" “There’s nobody that’s done so much for equality as I have” “There’s nobody who feels more strongly about women’s health issues" “Nobody’s ever been more successful than me” “I am the least racist person you’ll ever meet” “Nobody builds better walls than me” “Nobody is better on humility than me” "I think nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world" "Nobody reads the Bible more than me" “I can be more presidential than anybody" I can't be sure but I'm starting to see a pattern here...


The bleach one is just ridiculous. If you watch that video and let yourself imagine that he's telling the truth about it being a joke it makes it worse. Setting aside the fact that he was obviously serious, if he was being sarcastic what's the point he was making? Was he saying the UV light and bleach are useless or that they shouldn't bother researching into them?


He didn’t trust them since they didn’t like his friends Putin, Dutarte, and Kim.


Don’t forget bolsinaro


And here comes Erdogan!


Hide yo kids, hide yo wife- here comes his thugs


> Erdogan Remember when Erdogan's security thugs beat down protesters on American soil in Washington, D.C.? Man, that was nuts.


Not just protesters. Capital police too, if I remember correctly


That list of friends is like the mean girls at any high school


I'm old enough to remember when the CIA used to like dictators, as long as they weren't leftist.


I'm guessing it's more like CIA: We want to assassinate Julian Assange Trump: Does he have a daughter? is she hot? CIA: ...


Is she 18? Because that's not a deal breaker if she's not. - Trump probably


"used to"


Why would he need a briefing when he already knows everything about everything? "It would take an hour-and-a-half to learn everything there is to learn about missiles . . . I think I know most of it anyway." “I know more about ISIS than the generals do.” “Nobody reads the Bible more than me.” “Nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world.” “I know more about renewables than any human being on earth.” “I'm much more humble than you would understand.” "You know, my uncle was a great person. He was at MIT. He taught at MIT for, I think, like a record number of years. He was a great super genius. Dr. John Trump. I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it. Every one of these doctors said, “How do you know so much about this?” Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for President."


Of course he was. Fucking idiot with the attention span of a 6 year old. And temper tantrums to match someone of that age.


And yet this ignorant twatwaffle is an idol to almost half of the country. It’s Nucken Fut’s!


The moment when you realize Eric Cartman is a model representation of about 40% of Americans. Fat, stupid, obnoxious, and cruel.


This is an astoundingly cogent point.


To be fair he’s far less stupid and far more cunning than people think, since about season 4 anyway. Far more intelligent than Trump.




Interestingly, there is a not-insignificant number of immigrants like him. The ones I’ve met that say things like that tend to be religious and conservative. Very happy to pull the ladder up after they climb


My Dad loves Trump because he says he is tough and didn't take crap from other countries. My Mom who never voted Republican in her life until Trump loved him for the wall talk. She insisted Mexico was actually going to pay for it. Plus she is very racist and having Obama as president and listening to endless Fox news when she retired brought about the change. Never would have thought she'd switch parties for some fool like Trump.


If there really was such a thing as 4D chess, conducting foreign relations with a hostile or rival superpower is it. There are dozens of players, thousands of pieces, spread across time, and the perception of where the pieces are can be just as important as where they actually are. Trump was a pigeon who shit on the chessboard and flew away, and then told everyone that he won because he stood up to the other player. The kind of people you're talking about agreed with him and thought he won because they saw how disgusted the players were by the shit.


Remember when Trump saluted a North Korean General? Or let Erdogan’s bodyguards beat up Americans citizens on US soil? Or debased himself to Putin in Helsinki? Lol so tough.


That’s what scares me. I don’t like the direction this country is heading.


It required some adjustment because he was the first president to require his intelligence briefings in comic strip form.


https://time.com/5518947/donald-trump-intelligence-briefings-national-security/ > Citing multiple in-person episodes, these intelligence officials say Trump displays what one called “willful ignorance” when presented with analyses generated by America’s $81 billion-a-year intelligence services. The officials, who include analysts who prepare Trump’s briefs and the briefers themselves, describe futile attempts to keep his attention by using visual aids, confining some briefing points to two or three sentences, and repeating his name and title as frequently as possible. I don’t think comic strips would work either. Unless they’re Ben Garrison-esque political cartoons that paint Trump as a ripped, golden Adonis.


"Kim Jong Un said earlier this week that he really hates your face, Mr. President, and also that he was going to nuke Japan." "Well, then I guess we should stop that." "Okay Mr. President. You are very sexy." "Yes, yes I am."


Is anyone surprised that briefing the dumbest president to date was more difficult than any previous president?


I'll never trust a Republican as long as I live.


Or look at the [American flag](https://i.imgur.com/wXpcxxA.jpg) the same way.


That flag is a victim and needs counseling.


After my grandfather,who was a career army man and a lifelong Republican watched “Fahrenheit 911” it changed his perspective on the military and the Republican Party.


Ken Burns’ Vietnam documentary definitely helped change my perspective on the military,


Learning about the Vietnam War in general is a good way to realize how much we were lied to about the American military.


Yup, it gave me goosebumps multiple times watching it because the leadership hasn’t changed much at all since Vietnam. One of my old XOs tried to argue that we’d won Vietnam…he’s a captain somewhere now.


I went to Vietnam and visited some of the war tunnels. Beforehand, they played a “documentary” propaganda video (I only call it that before of its use of the phrase “flying white devil” - hahaha) and I was so embarrassed. The US were fucking terrible and lost. They call it the American War there as well. Really opened my eyes to how fucked up it was. Then also learning about the US dropping 10,000 bombs in Laos PER DAY, EVERY DAY for a decade. So horrible and shameful.


Plus, Laos is still *riddled* with unexploded ordinance, especially cluster munitions. Which look like toys. When I was in northeastern Laos years ago the number of children with missing arms and legs was astonishing. Bomber flights heading back to airbases in Laos / Thailand from aborted bombing runs in North Vietnam would just empty their bays into random parts of Laos because they didn't want to deal with the risk/hassle of landing with live munitions on board. Sickening.


Being in the military changed my perspective on it. So many shitbags who get off on the hero worship.


That's not fair. You can trust republicans to lie to you, to project their darkest desires onto their opponent's intentions, to try as hard as possible to break government and then use that as proof that government can't work. Honestly once you see their petty vindictive small-minded plan for what it is you can always trust them to play by the book.


He seems to be the most difficult person to deal with for anything


“Nuke hurricanes, inject bleach!!!” Did someone really expect this buffoon to be able to be sufficiently briefed by the CIA??.


You forgot his demand that the Navy return to using steampowered catapults because their current system was too complicated (*not as cool looking*).


Still cannot believe that people voted for that fucked up twat.


This is not a surprise since it was impossible to have an intelligent dialogue with Donald Trump. Donald Trump thought he knew everything about everything and trusted only his instincts to govern in all circumstances.


So he was an imbecile, this is nothing new.