Trump Thinks He’s Still on Reality TV

The Washington Post has a report that really says so much about Donald Trump that is important if you want to understand him. When asked if he might fire Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who is absolutely horrible at his job, he said no — because he gets good ratings.


During a small working lunch at the White House last month, the question of job security in President Trump’s tumultuous White House came up, and one of the attendees wondered whether press secretary Sean Spicer might be the first to go.

The president’s response was swift and unequivocal. “I’m not firing Sean Spicer,” he said, according to someone familiar with the encounter. “That guy gets great ratings. Everyone tunes in.”

Trump even likened Spicer’s daily news briefings to a daytime soap opera, noting proudly that his press secretary attracted nearly as many viewers.

You’re not on a reality show, you dolt. You’re the president now. TV ratings don’t matter. And if your press secretary is an embarrassment — and he is, or would be if you were capable of being embarrassed — the fact that a lot of people watch him makes it worse, not better. This little revelation is the very core of who Trump is, a carnival barker. What matters to a carnival barker? Getting people to watch the show. That’s his only goal. Same for Trump, it seems.

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