Friday, November 16, 2018

With Friends Like These

According to the Daily Beast, being a fawning suck-up to Trump doesn’t guarantee he’ll return the favor.

Trump’s close relationship—on air and off—with Sean Hannity hasn’t stopped the president from mocking the Fox News star behind his back for being such a suck-up, according to three sources who have independently heard this mockery. These sources asked to remain anonymous in order to discuss private conversations with the president, and in one case also to avoid incurring the ire of Hannity, whom they called a “perfectly nice guy.”

Trump’s many radio and TV interviews, always touted as “exclusives” and rarely making any news, have been widely derided by media critics and political observers as simpering propaganda. And the president himself, a man famous for demanding relentless validation and unwavering loyalty, feels the same way.

Trump has repeatedly—and sometimes for a sustained period of time—made fun of Hannity’s interviewing skills, usually zeroing in on the low-quality laziness of the host’s questions, the three people with direct knowledge tell The Daily Beast.

“It’s like he’s not even trying,” Trump has said, one source recalled, right before the president launched into a rough imitation of Hannity’s voice and mannerisms to complain that the questions about how “great I am” give him nothing to work or have fun with.

No real surprise here; Trump doesn’t have any real friends other than that swell guy he sees in the mirror.  It’s pretty obvious that he treats even the members of his own family as if they were partners in a business deal.

Not that it matters, but it will be a major dose of schadenfreude when the wheels finally come off Trump’s wagon and he’s either indicted or carted off under sedation and no one will stand by him.  He’ll be all alone and railing against how everyone has turned against him.  Well, boo-hoo.

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  1. I don’t know about his being “carted off”. In an op-ed this morning Elizabeth Drew outlines how many ways Trump is worse than Nixon. In the first place Nixon had served as an elected Representative and in other positions in government including Vice President so he had an understanding of the constitution and the rule of law. Trump has no similar experience or understanding so he abrogates all sorts of norms. In the end of the essay, Drew even goes as far as speculating the result of a defeat in reelection in 2020 and whether Trump would even recognize it. Would we have to bring in the army to drag him out of the White House – and would they obey such a command?

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