The five living former U.S. Presidents made an unprecedented joint public appearance today, as they headlined a concert to raise money for the victims of recent hurricanes across the nation. Even as Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter have come together for charitable purposes, they’ve made a point of excluding current (alleged) President Donald Trump. Not shockingly, as the concert was getting underway, Trump threw a Twitter tantrum.
Even as the One America Appeal concert was getting underway for charity, Trump began tweeting lies about his own supposed accomplishments: “I agree getting Tax Cuts approved is important (we will also get HealthCare), but perhaps no Administration has done more in its first 9 months than this Administration. Over 50 Legislation approvals, massive regulation cuts, energy freedom, pipelines, border security, 2nd Amendment, Strong Military, ISIS, historic VA improvement, Supreme Court Justice, Record Stock Market, lowest unemployment in 17 yrs!”
Of course most of these things haven’t actually happened, or don’t actually exist. For instance Trump has passed zero bills, not fifty bills. But the message was clear: because the five former U.S. Presidents hadn’t bothered to include him in their event, he felt the need to (dishonestly) brag about how much better of a job he’s doing in office than they did.
Ten minutes after Trump’s narcissistic meltdown on his own @RealDonaldTrump account, a tweet appeared on his @POTUS account promoting the One America Appeal concert. But that tweet’s use of an American flag emoji and an embedded video made clear that Donald Trump didn’t post that tweet himself. In other words, after Trump’s embarrassing trash talk which was clearly and embarrassingly aimed at five former Presidents who had come together for charitable reasons, someone on his staff tried to atone for it by tweeting support for the charity event.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report