Evidently, Trump’s Twitter tantrum this morning in which he yelled about how calm he is didn’t do enough to settle his anger.
This afternoon, Donald spoke with farmers and ranchers from all over the country to announce $16 billion in new subsidies through the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the trade war that he induced himself between the US and China continues to wage on. Trump persistently claimed that he stands with the men and women of the agricultural system, despite the fact that their suffering is a direct result of the tariffs that he imposed.
Like any other time the president is at a public speaking event, he took a moment to make the entire ordeal all about himself — this time continuing to whine and attack House Speaker Nancy Pelosi because her “cover-up” statement hurt his feelings.
He first took a jab at her by stating that she isn’t smart enough to understand the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that he’s gunning for Congress to pass. But of course, he couldn’t just leave it at that. He had to take the opportunity to bring up the meeting that he pitched a hissy fit in and stormed out of yesterday, and make sure that everyone knew how upset he is that the Democrats tattled on him — for pitching a fit and storming out. So, basically, telling the truth.
He was so upset and so determined to clear his name that he forced his employees to tell the press just how calm, cool, and collected he really is.
So POTUS asks his staff to confirm his version of events from the Nancy/Chuck meeting on Wednesday, in front of cameras and the press. Because naturally POTUS’ staff is going to contradict him if they disagree w/ him. … This is among the more bizarre of the bizarre.
— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) May 23, 2019
Trump is going around the room in the Roosevelt Room, calling on all his aides who were at the meetings with Dems to explain his “calm” tone and demeanor in yesterday’s meeting
— Jordyn Phelps (@JordynPhelps) May 23, 2019
He addressed one of his favorite lapdogs, Kellyanne Conway and asked her, “Kellyanne, what was my temperament yesterday?”
As expected, she rattled off like a good little drone, “Very calm. No temper tantrum.”
He then turned to Mercedes Schlapp, a White House communications aide, who stated, “You were very calm and you were very direct, and you sent a very firm message to the Speaker and to the Democrats.”
Up next was economic adviser, Larry Kudlow who said Donald’s conversation with the Democrats was “much calmer than some of our trade meetings.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders described the president’s demeanor as “very calm and straightforward and clear.”
Donald even went so far as to throw in an extra quip towards a specific reporter say, “Peter doesn’t want to hear this. He’s fake news.”
But the best compliment of them all came straight from the horse’s mouth when Donald told reporters, “I’m an extremely stable genius. OK?”
It didn’t take long for House Speaker Pelosi to fire off her own comeback, tweeting, “When the ‘extremely stable genius’ starts acting more presidential, I’ll be happy to work with him on infrastructure, trade and other issues.”
When the “extremely stable genius” starts acting more presidential, I’ll be happy to work with him on infrastructure, trade and other issues. https://t.co/tfWVkj9CLT
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 23, 2019
You can watch the clip here:
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 23, 2019
Somebody should tell him that it doesn’t count when they’re all afraid of being on the receiving end of the “stable genius.”
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