Trump Just Went on a Twitter Rant Demanding Credit for ‘Acting Presidential’


In one of the most bizarre and pettiest episodes of the most bizarre and pettiest of presidencies, Donald Trump entered into a Twitter feud last week with the father of a UCLA basketball player who had been jailed and freed in China for shoplifting.

Today, in another reminder of why 280 character tweets is not the best idea, President Trump took things to another level, showing the world how a hybrid of a maniacal tyrant and an insecure adolescent might behave. (Tweets below.)

With no legislative victories to claim in his first year in office, the president took to Twitter to demand credit for something else — not shared credit, not Trump administration credit, sole and personal credit.

While on a team visit to China, UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were caught shoplifting sunglasses and jailed. The United States successfully negotiated their release, and the players thanked the president for doing his part to free them.

That is not enough for the insecure Trump. The man who pledged to put “America first” demanded this morning that he not share any recognition:

“It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence – IT WAS ME.”

More than anything else, this shows us where Trump’s priorities really are. Here he is refusing to share credit, even with his own administration, for getting kids out of a Chinese prison — an act previous presidents took for not for credit but because of a sacred duty to American citizens. Few people on the planet have demonstrated the capacity for such selfishness, especially not one who is a man who is ostensibly a public servant.

And he wasn’t done. Not by a long shot.

Trump went on to attack Ball’s father LaVar, with whom he has been feuding, in the basest of terms, calling him a poor man’s Don King and a fool.

The President of the United States concluded by taunting Ball with the prospect of his 18-year-old being jailed for a decade.

The debate about whether or not Trump can be presidential was long ago concluded. The behavior of the man in the Oval Office is clearly something more: a disgrace for any citizen. The sooner we elect leaders who will do something about that most obvious of facts, the sooner the once shining city on the hill can cease its role as global embarrassment.