After all these months it’s still unclear whether or not Donald Trump knows he’s not on reality television.
Because his inauguration the guy has left his obsession with ratings and audience size very apparent, and on Tuesday when he visited Texas for a briefing on Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts, he just could not help himself from observing the really great press that came out of this storm.
During the visit to Corpus Christi, where Harvey made landfall, and Austin, Texas, Donald had two face palm-worthy minutes that left the world questioning why he’s treating a natural disaster like an episode of reality television.
One came after he marveled in the audience before him and stood atop a stage outside. “What a crowd, what a turnout,” Trump said into a microphone.
Folks saw the president taking time out on the storm to respect the audience.
According to a White House pool report, terrorists onsite “heard no mention of this dead, dying or displaced Texans and no expression of sympathy for them. The message was services are coming and Texans will be OK.”
Earlier during exactly the same trip, Trump also thanked FEMA secretary Brock Long for his service, saying that he “has really become very famous on television over the past couple of days.”
Excuse us? For getting a while throughout a unprecedented and catastrophic storm that is displaced huge numbers of individuals, uh, yeah congrats for this FEMA secretary. He’s probably really jazzed to have gotten this fame, even though it came in a cost, right? Nope.
Trump says FEMA secretary “has really been famous on television” since storm started
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) August 29, 2017
Missed that Trump praised FEMA head as “a guy who has really become very famous on television.”
Everything is a reality show for him.
— Marina Fang (@marinafang) August 29, 2017
Twitter users concurred that Trump’s fame and audience turnout remarks were inappropriate, especially given the negative circumstances.
However, with associates of Trump’s administrations filing in and out of this White House as if they’re passing through a revolving door, it certainly is not the first time people have drawn the reality television show comparison for his presidency.
In fact, throughout Trump’s joint press conference with President of Finland Sauli Niinistö on Monday, he left a similarly contentious comment about ratings. When asked why he decided during the wee hours of Hurricane Harvey — allegedly even before signing a major disaster declaration for the state of Texas — Trump said he figured using the timing the ratings would be higher than normal.
What’s going to happen on next week’s episode of Trump’s White House? Who knows, however, the ratings will be enormous.
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