President Donald Trump spoke at the GOP retreat in West Virginia on Thursday, where he reiterated much of his State of the Union address, as well as the self-inflation and knocks against his opponents typically included in, well, all of his speeches.
But, on the same day he felt the need to lie about having the most watched State of the Union yet, Trump made perhaps his most egomaniacal comment yet.
Trump was praising Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, saying, “I love listening to him speak” — though it wasn’t the way Hatch speaks that impressed Trump. It was how he thoroughly he stroked Trump’s ego.
Trump said that Hatch told him he was not only “the greatest president” in his lifetime, but “the greatest president in the history of our country.”
A more modest leader might brush off the hyperbole or simply say thank Hatch and then keep the conversation private — but that’s not how Trump operates.
Trump said he then asked Hatch, “Does that include Lincoln and Washington?”
“He said, ‘yes.’ I said, ‘I love this guy,'” Trump continued.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 1, 2018
According to The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs, a Hatch spokesman said the Senator noted “that Trump ‘can be’ the greatest president ever but has never said ‘is.’
Per Hatch spox, he has said that Trump “can be” the greatest president ever but has never said "is"
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) February 1, 2018
However, in December, Hatch did say of Trump: “we’re going to make this the greatest presidency that we’ve seen, not only in generations, but maybe ever.”
Given that Trump has demanded loyalty pledges of government officials — including those whose job is supposed to be above politics — and has frequently made false claims about his crowd sizes, how much he has accomplished and having “the best” or “the most” of something, the over-the-top narcissism shouldn’t be too surprising. But the insinuation that Trump belongs on Mount Rushmore is just plain offensive.