Keeping his mind clearly focussed on the important issues as he closes out his first hundred days as the President of the United States, Donald Trump recently boasted in an interview that his television ratings are comparable to those of the media’s coverage of the darkest day in American history, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
There’s no denying it, Trump is ratings gold. Much like Howard Stern, people tune in to President Trump, regardless of if they love him or hate him, for the exact same reason — They simply don’t know what he is going to say next. Whether it was on the campaign trail or during a nationally televised press conference, as the leader of the most powerful nation in the world it seems that Trump isn’t too certain what might come out of his mouth either.
In his latest bizarre outburst, the television-obsessed president sat down with the Associate Press and delivered the following claim; “It’s interesting, I have, seem to get very high ratings. I definitely. You know Chris Wallace had 9.2 million people, it’s the highest in the history of the show,” Trump claimed. “I have all the ratings for all those morning shows. When I go, they go double, triple.”
Okay, maybe he should have just left it at that, but we all know that Donald Trump is no shrinking violet. “On any, on air, [CBS Face the Nation host John] Dickerson had 5.2 million people. It’s the highest for Face the Nation or as I call it, ‘Deface the Nation,'” the President said, continuing his rant when he clearly should’ve stopped. “It’s the highest for ‘Deface the Nation’ since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down. It’s a tremendous advantage.”
It takes a special kind of self-obsessed egomaniac to brag that their TV ratings are the highest since the television coverage of an attack on American soil that killed 3,000 people and is directly responsible for another 1,100 developing cancer. Anyone with a shred of common decency that wanted to boast about such facts would have just hinted at it by using a phrase such as “in at least the last fifteen years.”
In Donald Trump’s mind he more than likely thought he was honoring the victims of 9/11 by making such a statement, but while his television ratings probably are booming, the president might need to pick and choose both his words and points of reference a little more carefully if he wants to to see a similar rise in his approval ratings.