Last week Donald Trump had a slip of the tongue and referred to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, as Tim Apple. He could have just laughed it off and everyone would have laughed with him. Instead, he refused to admit he had made a mistake at all and invented multiple excuses for it. Excuse #1:
At a recent round table meeting of business executives, & long after formally introducing Tim Cook of Apple, I quickly referred to Tim + Apple as Tim/Apple as an easy way to save time & words. The Fake News was disparagingly all over this, & it became yet another bad Trump story!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2019
Yeah, totally plausible, right? He’s never done this any other time, nor has he ever shown the slightest interest in “save words.” In fact, you can’t shut him up. Exactly no one believed him. So he came up with excuse #2:
Trump told the donors that he actually said “Tim Cook Apple” really fast, and the “Cook” part of the sentence was soft. But all you heard from the “fake news,” he said, was “Tim Apple.”
Two donors who were there told me they couldn’t understand why the president would make such a claim given the whole thing is captured on video. Nobody cared, they said, and Tim Cook took it in good humor by changing his Twitter profile to Tim Apple.
“I just thought, why would you lie about that,” one of the donors told me. “It doesn’t even matter!”
Because this is just another of Trump’s pathologies. He cannot ever admit to being wrong or making a mistake, even the most human and innocuous. Who among us has not had a similar slip of the tongue? Tim Cook found it amusing. Trump could have shown a moment of self-deprecating wit and no one would be talking about this anymore. But he isn’t capable of doing that, ever. He sees it as weakness. And that’s a very dangerous thing when wedded to power.