Call this the eternal sunshine of the narcissistic mind. Trump gave the commencement address at the US Naval Academy this week and told the graduates that under his leadership, the United States is now respected again around the world. As usual, he has reality flipped precisely on its head.
President Trump declared Friday that the United States is “respected again” because of a military that is “a lot stronger,” as he welcomed the 2018 graduates of the Naval Academy into what he called “the most powerful and rightful force on the planet.”…
Mr. Trump did that, saying — without specifics — that the new naval officers and Marines should be proud to be joining a military that he said is recovering from years of shrinkage and decay.
“We are witnessing the great reawakening of the American spirit and of American might,” he said to applause from the 30,000 people in the Naval Academy’s stadium. “We have rediscovered our identity, regained our stride and we are proud again.”
Global confidence in US leadership has fallen to a new low, and the country now ranks below China in worldwide approval ratings, according to a new Gallup poll.
The survey of opinion in 134 countries showed a record collapse in approval for the US role in the world, from 48% under Obama to 30% after one year of Donald Trump – the lowest level Gallup has recorded since beginning its global leadership poll over a decade ago.
Of course, this is obviously fake news. All news that runs contrary to the narrative Trump is selling is fake. All evidence that he is wrong is fake. Always and forever. The truth, however, is that Trump has made the United States into a laughingstock around the world. He is an embarrassment to the country everywhere he goes. The world sees him as an egomaniacal, ignorant, tempestuous man-baby, because that is precisely what he is. But inside his head, he is the hero of every story, the savior of the country if not the entire world. Even his delusions of grandeur have delusions of grandeur.