The Prop Trump Just Handed Out at a Reuters Interview Proves He’s an Insecure Narcissist (VIDEO)
Donald Trump gave an exclusive interview to Reuters, Friday, to mark his 100th day in office. As has been widely reported, in the interview, Trump told the three Reuters reporters that he missed his old life, and said that being president was “more work” and harder than he thought it would be. He had believed that it would be easier than his “previous life.” But there was another bizarre vignette during the interview. Trump came to the interview with a prop that he had prepared to hand out to the reporters. Reuters reported,
“Here, you can take that, that’s the final map of the numbers,” the Republican president said from his desk in the Oval Office, handing out maps of the United States with areas he won marked in red. “It’s pretty good, right? The red is obviously us.”
He had copies for each of the three Reuters reporters in the room.
Reuters reporter Jeff Mason went on CNN to discuss the interview. He showed anchors, including Chris Cuomo, the colored-in map that Trump gave him. Mason said,
“He sort of interrupted himself and handed out this map of the Electoral College and said that these are the latest figures of the areas in the country that he had won in 2016. There were three of us in the interview … and he had a copy for each of us. So it was clear that the election, even five months later after he’s been in office for nearly 100 days and gone through the transition remains very much on his mind.”
Cuomo asked Mason,
“Was it about his feeling of success, or did you feel that he still feels that he has to prove that he won…?”
Mason hesitated then said,
“I think he just wanted to relish in the fact that this map looks good for him. And he said that the red is us, and the red is the areas in the country that he won. So he’s just very proud of it. And whether that’s rooted in a sense that he still has to prove that he won or he’s upset that the media got it wrong … it’s hard for me to say. But he certainly wants people to know, and he enjoys looking at that map himself, and sharing it with others.”
More than any other president in living memory, this kind of discussion is becoming a leitmotif of how the media tries to report on Trump. One of the biggest debates is how to interpret various self-puffing messages from Trump, as if he were a deeply insecure child with a bizarre behavioral tic.
Psychologists have broken their professional silence to say that Trump seems to have a textbook case of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. The fact that he felt the need to begin the interview by reminding reporters about his Electoral map from 5 months ago–as if we didn’t all just live through it–is a classic example of a man who compulsively seeks to force others to flatter his ego. But in the nuts and bolts of Trump’s presidency, it’s actually sad, and a huge sign of weakness. After 100 days in office, and being rebuffed in court, in Congress and in the streets, the only accomplishment Trump can point to is his win in the Electoral College, a coup of historically thin margins. One hundred days after he was sworn in, for Trump and the country, it’s still a sort of Groundhog Day on the night of November 8th, with Trump insisting he’s won and most of the country in angry shock.
Watch Jeff Mason Describe Trump Handing Out His Colored-in Electoral Map
Trump brought printed map handouts showing his electoral college win to his Reuters interview. https://t.co/luUq5ZNEBi
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 28, 2017
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