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Donald Trump’s breathtaking self-admiration

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Donald Trump: “Nobody knows more about taxes than me, maybe in the history of the world.”

False humility is, well, false, although I suppose it has its place in polite company.

If it’s real humility you’re looking for, you wouldn’t expect to have much luck among the ranks of those who have a high enough opinion of themselves to seek the presidency. So we’re used to settling for a bit of humblebragging from that crowd.

Then there’s Mr. Trump.

If it’s straightforward bragging by someone with a breathtaking dose of self-admiration, he has written the book (several, in fact) and continues to add chapters to it, even when it involves claiming to be the greatest on the planet in a great many qualities for which one suspects he might be at the opposite end of the spectrum.

The great Garry Trudeau of Doonesbury fame put together a collection of things that Mr. T has said about himself for Sunday’s comic section. They are all real quotes, except the last one. In case you don’t read the Sunday funnies (I confess, I always do), here they come.

Trump said:

“No one is more conservative than me.”

“No one is stronger on the Second Amendment than me.”

“No one respects women more than me. No one reads the Bible more than me.”

“There’s nobody more pro-Israel than I am.”

“There’s nobody that’s done so much for equality as I have.”

“There’s nobody who feels more strongly about women’s health issues.”

“Nobody knows more about taxes than me, maybe in the history of the world.”

“I have studied the Iran deal in great detail, greater by far than anyone else.”

“Nobody’s ever been more successful than me.”

“Nobody knows banking better than I do.”

“Nobody knows more about debt than I do.”

“Nobody’s bigger or better at the military I am.”

“I am the least racist person you’ll ever meet.”

“Nobody knows the system better than me.”

“Nobody knows politicians better than me.”

“Nobody builds better walls than me.”

“Nobody knows more about trade than me.”

“There is nobody more against Obamacare than me.”

And then, just to let Mr. Trudeau deliver his punchline, the one he made up, that Trump hasn’t said, but don’t be too surprised if he does:

“Nobody is better on humility than me.”

By the way, my copy of the Strib comics actually left out a couple more that showed up on the Doonesbury website, including one where Trump claimed to be the all-time greatest and then modestly moved himself into all-time second greatest. Here are those two:

“Nobody has better toys than me.” And:

“I can be more presidential than anybody. I would say more presidential, and I’ve said this a couple of times, more presidential other than the great Abe Lincoln.”

Comments (13)

  1. Submitted by Roy Everson on 06/20/2016 - 09:41 am.

    Enjoy the humor while you can

    And nobody is the subject of awesomer lists than he is. We can only hope he remains a punchline even as the humor falls flatter and flatter. But, if the Brits vote to exit EU this week the face of America’s GOP will be there on site. Part of the story will be the collective victory celebrated by Trump-inspired far right nationalists from throughout Europe who have little in common except for scapegoating outsiders. Throw in Putin. Then see how much there is to laugh at.

  2. Submitted by Peggy Reinhardt on 06/20/2016 - 10:33 am.

    I’m waiting for . . .

    No one is more delusional than me.

  3. Submitted by Luke Soiseth on 06/20/2016 - 11:34 am.

    And more presidential

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I kind of pity the guy now. He got into this to make some noise (the BEST noise), enhance the Trump brand (the BEST brand!), soak up some free TV (some great TV, some loser TV), and then ride off back to his multi millionaire lifestyle replete with the best champagne, beautiful women (whom he loves way more than you do!), and homes around the world.

    But, oh, the Republicans didn’t quite get the joke, and no matter what he said, how offensive he could be, or ignorant on the things presidents kind of need to know, he kept on winning! (Proving he’s no loser, of course.) But why on earth would that man ever want to spend the next four years a veritable prisoner of the White House, making decisions that are infinitely more important than whether to buy this or that building, spending his days is BORING meetings, sitting through BORING dinners, having to be nice to other stuffy world leaders (some who barely speak English – the BEST language in the world), having to learn all that stuff about global politics, economics and terrorism (BORING!) and on and on and on? He wouldn’t. Few would in his position.

    The only solace he can take from all of this now is that he really cannot win. Can he?

  4. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 06/20/2016 - 12:46 pm.

    Anyone got any ideas who the poster boy is.

    Psychology Definition
    Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultraconfidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.

  5. Submitted by Jim Million on 06/20/2016 - 04:09 pm.


    Well, somebody has to admire him, so I guess that has been left to one of his personalities…yes?

  6. Submitted by Howard Miller on 06/20/2016 - 07:27 pm.

    Trump self awareness

    When Trump declared himself the least racist what ever …. it was clear that if Trump had a shred of self-awareness from outside his giant ego, he’d not be consumed by self love. But he doesn’t, and he is.

    He has lived the in the insular bubble of private wealth and privilege so long, a metaphor of Lord of the Rings Smeagle transmuting into Gollum seems apt.

  7. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 06/21/2016 - 09:48 am.

    And then

    there’s the Roy Cohn connection.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 06/21/2016 - 02:24 pm.

      That Little Boy that Nobody Liked

      It makes sense. Roy Cohn was quite an influential figure in New York City when Trump was starting his career.

      It also makes sense on another level. Roy Cohn was an ethically challenged bully who had no problem lying, even in the face of a direct contradiction by the truth. He and Trump are cut from the same cloth.

  8. Submitted by Tim Kaiser on 06/21/2016 - 04:05 pm.


    In as much as he is the walking definition of the term “over-compensating,” I think Trump initially ran for office for all of the free publicity. Unfortunately for him (and much more so for us), he hasn’t figured out how to get his percentage out of all that expensive air time. The networks are raking in huuuuuge bucks off of him and all he gets is a crummy, Chinese-made hat and the adoration of the least intelligent, least empathetic among us. All he can do now is shoot for the moon….

  9. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 06/22/2016 - 08:12 am.

    Cross 2 things off his “always talks about” list:

    “I’ll be self financing my campaign”

    “Just look at my poll numbers”

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