Popular vote loser Donald Trump suffers from pathological narcissism – which has been documented by top phycologists across the country -, so his latest move makes sense, but it’s still disturbing.
Apparently, Trump fed up with the lack of “appreciation” he has been receiving, so he tweeted: “Nobody could have done what I’ve done for #PuertoRico with so little appreciation. So much work!”
That tweet was accompanied by a video showing just how great the paper towel throwing leader was in response to the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico.
In reality, where most of us live, Trump’s response to Puerto Rico was an unmitigated disaster.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017
The video starts by claiming to reveal what the “fake news media” refuses to show, then strings together various pieces of footage showing officials delivering aid throughout Puerto Rico.
The videos wraps up by showing a collection of clips with Trump shaking residents’ hands during his visit to the island last Tuesday.
The footage does not include clips of Trump telling Puerto Ricans that they should be “proud” because the confirmed death toll at the time was far lower than in a “real catastrophe” like Hurricane Katrina. It also omitted images of Trump throwing paper towels at people at a relief center. “I was having fun, they were having fun,” Trump said on Saturday while defending his decision to throw the paper towels.
More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria first made landfall, most of the island remains without power. Last week, statistics on the lack of electricity and drinking water temporarily disappeared from FEMA’s website, but the website left up the numbers backing up Trump’s rosier descriptions of the recovery effort. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, an outspoken critic of Trump’s response, tweeted on Sunday that the federal government is ignoring her requests for help.
This demanding of praise and applause – you know who does that? Authoritarian leaders. Dictators. Kim Jung Un. Vladimir Putin. That’s who does this. So just go ahead and throw Trump’s name on the list with those guys, because that’s who he wants to be.
Fortunately, there’s’ still just enough sane members of our government, with spines intact, to keep him from fully crossing over into dictator territory. But make no mistake, it’s closer than you think.