Thursday, May 18, 2017
[President] Trump spoke to graduating cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and took the opportunity to whine about what a victim he is. "Over the course of your life, you will find that things are not always fair. You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve and that are not always warranted. But you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never, ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine. "Look at the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history -- and I say this with great surety -- has been treated worse or more unfairly."
Presidents don't usually feel sorry for themselves in front of large audiences -- public whining and self-pity tends to undermine a sense of stature -- but Trump doesn't care. He feels put upon, gosh darn it, and he wants the graduating cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to know about his hurt feelings.
And so, in what was supposed to be a congratulatory speech for Academy graduates veered into the president complaining about his detractors, the press, and others who fail to appreciate his perceived awesomeness.
'I've accomplished a tremendous amount in a very short time as president," Trump added, pointing to, among other things, his willingness to roll back "the strangling environmental chains that were wrapped around our country." He went on to tell the Coast Guard cadets that he wants lots of tax cuts and his preparations for a border wall are "going along very, very well."
They're really not.
The president went on to say, "I won't talk about how much I saved you on the F-35 fighter jet. I won't even talk about it." That's great because (a) the Coast Guard doesn't use F-35 fighter jets; and (b) he's lying.
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