REPORT: Trump’s New Presidency Directed By Disturbing Rage, Despite Aides’ Pleas
Donald Trump Allowed Anger To Dictate First Days
Donald Trump’s first days in the White House were directed by a disturbing and visible rage, according to interviews with almost a dozen White House officials and Trump advisers.
The rage had several focuses. One, the footage of the stark difference in attendance between Trump’s own inauguration and that of the much more popular President Barack Obama triggered the newly-minted leader. And second, as the president began to see footage of the Women’s March, a demonstration specifically against him and which dwarfed attendance of his inauguration, he began to grow “increasingly and visibly enraged.”
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Before that, there had been “flashes of anger” in moments leading up to the Women’s March. As the Washington Post reported:
“Pundits were dissing his turnout. The National Park Service had retweeted a photo unfavorably comparing the size of his inauguration crowd with the one that attended Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony in 2009. A journalist had misreported that Trump had removed the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office. And celebrities at the protests were denouncing the new commander in chief — Madonna even referenced ‘blowing up the White House.'”
For the new president, notoriously thin-skinned, it was all too much.
Trump Advisers Even Asked Trump To Tweet Instead
Advisers encouraged him to simply address the matter as he usually does. With a tweet. One presidential confidant, Thomas J. Barrack Jr., even offered to deliver a statement. But it wasn’t enough for the president. He wanted a fierce response. And it did not matter whether that response contained any hint of the truth or not. Despite warnings against it, Trump demanded press secretary Sean Spicer fix it.
“[…]Trump was adamant, aides said. Over the objections of his aides and advisers — who urged him to focus on policy and the broader goals of his presidency — the new president issued a decree: He wanted a fiery public response, and he wanted it to come from his press secretary.”
The result was disastrous.
Sean Spicer Added To Trump’s Rage
Sean Spicer clearly didn’t look the part. His suit was crumpled and ill-fitted. His remarks were delivered in a shout, and four out of five of them were demonstrably false. It was an angry lecture, and his anger wasn’t even rooted in the truth.
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period,” Spicer said. It is a statement that clearly contradicted reality. And led to top adviser Kellyanne Conway coining the ridiculous term “alternate facts.”
Furthermore, many immediately began to question Sean Spicer. Many believe he has lost all credibility and “compromised his integrity.” But his boss, the President, thinks Spicer should have gone farther. The statements weren’t forceful enough, Trump believes, despite the fact they were delivered in a near-shout.
But it’s unlikely anyone could match the rage of the president in his first days.
And underneath the fury driving the first days of Trump’s presidency is a deep sense of demoralization. And, in Trump fashion, the president holds the media accountable for what has been, by most measures and polls, a dismal beginning to his presidency.
“Trump has been resentful, even furious, at what he views as the media’s failure to reflect the magnitude of his achievements, and he feels demoralized that the public’s perception of his presidency so far does not necessarily align with his own sense of accomplishment.”
It seems as though becoming the President has not done much to change Trump’s outlook. And, if his first days are any indication, his presidency will continue to be ruled by his reactions to the world around him, colored by his temper and rages.
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