The president’s Twitter feed serves as a very useful tool for anyone interested in human psychology. The short outbursts blurted out at random hours of the day attacking celebrities, Democrats, and members of his own administration say far more about Trump than they do about whoever he has decided to go to war against that day. It is an insight into a deranged narcissist with an incredibly short attention span who genuinely doesn’t know what he is supposed to be doing from one moment to the next.
Today, Donald Trump tweeted out perhaps one of the most revealing messages in his long, storied history of disturbed ramblings on the social media platform. In response the Oscars this past weekend, Trump had this to say about the historic Hollywood event:
Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President (just kidding, of course)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2018
Trump’s disdain for the event and the winners of the prestigious award probably stems from the fact that lots of women and lots of minorities took home Oscars (not exactly his demographic), but the real story here is his obsession with his own celebrity. If Donald Trump is good at anything, it is ability to self promote. He is not a good businessman, or a good politician, but is his good at drawing attention to himself and has used his uncanny ability to create controversy to propel himself into the most powerful office in the world. His unguarded tweet serves almost a “gotcha” — a moment when he is letting everyone in on the joke. Trump sees himself as the world’s biggest “Star”, and he had to get to the White House to let everyone know about it.
It would be easy to ridicule him for his latest tweet, but in truth it should be saved as a historic evidence that the 45th President of the United States was never serious about the job he held and did it all for the fame. It is a tragedy of monumental proportions, but probably the first time Trump has ever been honest about his own motivations.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.