President Trump’s first weekend in office unfolded much the way things often did during his campaign: with angry Twitter messages, a familiar obsession with slights and a series of meandering and at times untrue statements, all eventually giving way to attempts at damage control.
Apparently all of the coverage about how small his inauguration crowds were REALLY got under Trump's skin.
Mr. Trump grew increasingly angry on Inauguration Day after reading a series of Twitter messages pointing out that the size of his inaugural crowd did not rival that of Mr. Obama’s in 2009. But he spent his Friday night in a whirlwind of celebration and affirmation. When he awoke on Saturday morning, after his first night in the Executive Mansion, the glow was gone, several people close to him said, and the new president was filled anew with a sense of injury.
He became even more agitated after learning of a pool report by a Time magazine reporter incorrectly reporting that a bust of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been removed from the Oval Office. (The reporter, Zeke Miller, did not see the bust and, after realizing the error, quickly issued a correction and apology.)
That of course resulted in Trump sending Sean Sphincter out to bitch to the press about how unfair the press was treating his boss and to claim that the inauguration crowds were "the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration. Period. Both in person and around the globe."
By the way according to the Washington Post Trump himself wanted Spicer to deliver a "fiery public response," and in the end thought that Spicer's attack on the media "was not forceful enough."
The Post also explains that there is constant infighting and power struggles among Trump's people while Trump himself becomes "resentful, even furious, at what he views as the media’s failure to reflect the magnitude of his achievements, and he feels demoralized that the public’s perception of his presidency so far does not necessarily align with his own sense of accomplishment."
Trump is also obsessed with how the media covers him.
This from Axios:
With an allergy to computers and phones, he works the papers. With a black Sharpie in hand, he marks up the Times or other printed stories. When he wants action or response, he scrawls the staffers' names on that paper and either hands the clip to them in person, or has a staffer create a PDF of it — with handwritten commentary — and email it to them. An amazed senior adviser recently pulled out his phone to show us a string of the emailed PDFs, all demanding response. It was like something from the early 90s. Even when he gets worked up enough to tweet, Trump told us in our interview he will often simply dictate it, and let his staff hit "send" on Twitter.
Most mornings, Trump flicks on the TV and watches "Morning Joe," often for long periods of time, sometimes interrupted with texts to the hosts or panelists. After the 6 a.m. hour of "Joe," he's often on to "Fox & Friends" by 7 a.m., with a little CNN before or after. He also catches the Sunday shows, especially "Meet the Press." "The shows," as he calls them, often provoke his tweets. The day of our interview with him, all of his tweet topics were discussed during the first two hours of "Morning Joe."
"60 Minutes" is usually on his DVR. "He's so old-school that he thinks it's awesome to go on '60 Minutes," a friend said. "He loves being one of Barbara Walters' '10 Most Fascinating People' of the year." Before Trump ran, a staple that he watched every weeknight was Billy Bush's "Access Hollywood." Same with Time Magazine. His office and hotels are full of framed copies of him on the cover.
This obsession with media coverage combined with his thin skin makes Trump easily manipulated by celebrities, politicians, and members of the press who want to get under his skin.
Something that was reinforced even further by the tweets he sent out this morning after hearing that if he really believes there was voter fraud committed by millions of undocumented immigrants there needs to be an investigation.
I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Of course the problem with this is that you need some evidence to start such an investigation, there is none, and it will cost many millions of dollars to launch.even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Not that Trump cares, after all it's not his money.
What is becoming impossible to miss is something that most of us identified before the election, which is that Trump lacks the appropriate temperament for the job as president of the united states.
You know I think we all knew that the Trump presidency would be a giant shit show, but did anybody expect this much shit to show so early?