President Trump’s interpretation of the Roseanne Barr scandal is that if ABC reached out to Valerie Jarrett to apologize for the racist comment Barr made about her, then ABC should have reached out to Trump to apologize for what Trump claims are the “HORRIBLE statements made and said” about him on ABC. Many people figured that Trump would make this situation about him, but expected that his argument would be that pro-Trump people who say ugly things are treated more harshly than anti-Trump people who say ugly things. But, no, Trump went up a few steps on the narcissism scale, skipping over a racist statement that is an insult not just to Jarrett but to a whole race of people, and instead indicating that he was particularly insulted that ABC didn’t offer him an apology for whatever he imagines they said about him that Trump believes merits an apology – probably the truth, in the form of the news.

President Trump tweeted, “Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that ‘ABC does not tolerate comments like those’ made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?” Bob Iger is the CEO of Disney, the parent company of ABC. Note how odd it is that Trump at one point refers to himself in the third person. You can imagine the tone of poutiness in Trump writing, “he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize”.

In addition to Trump making this all about him and having a fit of pique over not getting an apology only he thinks he deserves, it also appears to be completely lost on Trump that he might owe apologies to many people and groups of people for insulting and bullying them on Twitter. After all, Trump insinuated on Twitter that a U.S. Senator exchanged sexual favors for campaign contributions, with of course no evidence, and this is but one example.

People reading President Trump’s tweet were quick to point out the many character flaws it displays. As this person said, “How did this become about you?! And the only apology that needs to be given is by you to the American people for your ranting rancid tweets. Or did I miss that apology?!”

This person simply said, “It’s ALWAYS about you isn’t it Donnie??”

Then this person said, “When have YOU ever apologized for your insults???” and linked to a New York Times story itemizing “The 459 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted On Twitter” as well as a Newsweek story itemizing racist statements Trump has made.

This person asked Trump, “When are you going to apologize for all the horrible things *you* have said? To McCain? Gold star families? Mexicans? Disabled? Obama? Our country? The rest of the world?”

It is pretty astonishing how out of touch President Trump is with the problems of the people he is supposed to be representing, which is all the people of the country, every race, every gender, every sexual orientation, every religion, every age, every walk of life, whether they are poor, rich, or somewhere in between. That, clearly, is not happening. It is also astonishing that Trump, who was born into wealth, who has had wealth and privilege his entire life, nonetheless keeps portraying himself as the victim. How about ever bothering to imagine what life looks like through other people’s eyes? How about considering other people ahead of yourself? How about valuing equality and human rights over greed and self-aggrandizement? Trump, however, is a fragile narcissist, so obsessed with propping up his own ego that he turns a blind eye to other people’s rights, other people’s safety, other people’s interests. One wonders if Trump at all understands how much he reveals about the pettiness, selfishness, and immaturity of his character when he sends these kinds of tweets – he probably doesn’t, but we do.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.