Sunday, May 14, 2017

Trump Continues To Fixate On Electoral College Win

According to the New York Times, President Trump continues to stew and sulk that he has not received the credit nor the celebration he feels he deserves for landing in the White House.

In the small dining room next to the Oval Office where he works much of the time, President Trump keeps a stack of color-coded maps of the United States representing the results of the 2016 election. The counties he won are blotchy red and span most of the nation.

Mr. Trump sometimes hands the maps out to visitors as a kind of parting gift, and a framed portrait-size version was hung on a wall in the West Wing last week. In conversations, the president dwells on the map and its import, reminding visitors about how wrong the polls were and inflating the scope of his victory.

At the root of Mr. Trump’s unpredictable presidency, according to people close to him, is a deep frustration about attacks on his legitimacy, and a worry that Washington does not see him as he sees himself.

As he careens from one controversy to another, many of them of his own making — like his abrupt decision to fire the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, who was leading an investigation into the president’s associates — Mr. Trump seems determined to prove that he won the election on his own. It was not Russian interference. It was not Mr. Comey’s actions in the case involving Hillary Clinton’s emails. It was not a fluke of the Electoral College system. It was all him.

At times even Trump seems astounded that he is the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Celebrating the House vote on Trumpcare legislation a week ago in the White House Rose Garden, he asked Republican lawmakers, “How am I doing? Am I doing O.K.? I’m president. Hey, I’m president. Can you believe it?”

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