Laughingstock

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I think it’s fair to say that Donald Trump didn’t have a great reception at the United Nations on Tuesday.   I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever been able to say that Donald Trump is a laughingstock, and have that be literal, but it was certainly true when he spoke to world leaders this week.  And it came at the expense of one of the biggest lies that Trump has been trying to sell to Americans, but a lie that he could never reasonably expect to sell to people on the outside: that he’s making all the right decisions on the global stage, and that we’re respected as a result.  He actually said “In less than two years my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”  It was a statement met with audible chuckles from the everyone in the room.  When he tried to sell it by adding “So true,” those chuckles turned into outright laughter.  By his own admission off the cuff, it wasn’t the response he was expecting.  But why?  I know he tries to tell everyone in the US that he’s just doing fantastic, but he can’t tell the people he’s actively antagonizing that he commands their respect.  It’s like the opposite of gaslighting.  It’s like anti-gaslighting.  But if there is one thing I know, it’s that Trump does NOT tolerate embarrassment.  He does not abide it, sees situations that cause it as signs of weakness, and frankly doesn’t know what to do when faced with it.  So in the wake of the leaders of the world literally laughing in the face of his lies…well I don’t imagine we’ve heard the end of it.

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