Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Opinion: The president isn't the type to think he can walk on water, but he is the type to hope that millions of evangelicals keep falling for his shtick....

Trump, however, has been self-absorbed, self-deluded and wildly self-aggrandizing for decades. New Yorkers who had ringside seats to much of this know how much of a sociopath he can be when he wants his way (a useful case study is his failed effort to develop Manhattan's West Side Yards years ago). They're now watching the rest of the country and the world acquaint themselves with a Trump whom many either didn't understand or willfully overlooked prior to his ascent to the White House.

The Trump of the past few weeks is the same disordered figure of the past several decades with, I suspect, a big dollop of something new blended in: unbridled and unmanageable panic.

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Mr O'Brien would know, he has followed, reported on, written books about, and even has been sued by citizen Trump for many, many years while citizen Trump was in NYC.

More from Mr O'Brien's op-ed...

...When Trump has panicked in his business and public life in the past he's latched on to the zany to try to dig his way out. For example, after larding his Atlantic City casino companies with too much debt, and overspending to build the biggest of them, the Taj Mahal, Trump needed the Taj to rake in impossible sums to avoid bankruptcy. That didn't happen and in some of the earliest interviews about the mega-casino's prospects, Trump lied " in deliciously outr ways " about what ailed it as he tried to stave off the inevitable financial catastrophe.

Trump told a TV interviewer, Larry King, that slot machines at the Taj weren't taking in as much money as expected because overly enthusiastic gamblers had jammed too many quarters in them too quickly and had broken them.

"So what, it blew out the slots, literally?" King asked.

"They blew apart," Trump responded.

"It would be, like, too much use?"

"They were virtually on fire."...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-22 10:27 AM | Reply

Great headline, one of my favorite lines from Life of Brian:

He's not the Messiah.

#2 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2019-08-22 11:29 AM | Reply

He's the Messiah of Very Naughty Boys.

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-08-22 01:02 PM | Reply

Just leave Trump alone with a nun for five minutes and he'll never say he's anything like the Messiah again.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2019-08-22 04:53 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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