The New York Times analyzed every word President Trump has spoken at his White House briefings and other presidential remarks on the coronavirus — more than 260,000 words — from March 9 through mid-April.— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 27, 2020
Here are 6 things we learned. https://t.co/cH9blPNBCn
First, President Trump's words — enough to fill a 700-page book — reveal a display of presidential hubris and self-pity unlike anything historians say they have seen before ...
Second, by far the most recurring utterances from President Trump are self-congratulations — roughly 600 of them, often based on exaggerations and falsehoods, according to our analysis ...
Third, in President Trump's self-congratulatory comments — we found at least 130 examples — he's always the hero, even as the way he describes his role changes over time. He has been writing his own history of the coronavirus — one that's favorable to him. ...
Fourth, President Trump blamed others for inadequacies in the state and federal coronavirus response more than 110 times. His targets shifted over time — from the Obama administration to China to the WHO — as he's struggled to focus attention elsewhere. ...
Fifth, President Trump's attempts to display empathy or appeal to national unity — about 160 instances — amount to only a quarter of the number of times he complimented himself or a top member of his team ...
And sixth: President Trump has mentioned the growing number of Americans affected by the coronavirus — nearly 50,000 dead as of April 26, hundreds of thousands of others sick — only fleetingly.
Trump keeps saying embarrassing stuff, then walking it back with "sarcasm." It doesn't work like that. https://t.co/5J0hmjPkqj— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 27, 2020
Trump claims the media misrepresented his coronavirus cure comments. Video proves otherwise. https://t.co/77DQFEXRTR— Vox (@voxdotcom) April 26, 2020
This is the saddest, most pathetic, attempt to wriggle out of a stupid mistake I've ever seen. My God. Even a 12 year old wouldn't try this. https://t.co/csnO3BIe5z— digby (@digby56) April 27, 2020
Trump wants to treat Illinois like he treated Ukraine. https://t.co/iS7u1peChV— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 27, 2020
The President admits he has no idea how unemployment benefits are administered. https://t.co/oVIhUwSfci— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) April 27, 2020
Trump suggests Flynn was framed by a government led by [checks notes] Trump pic.twitter.com/VnpUQ1xXhr— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 27, 2020
Flynn admitted he lied to the FBI. https://t.co/j9mDeomgNi— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) April 27, 2020
Based on her husband’s deranged tweets today I’m sure Melania had a very special 50th birthday— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 27, 2020
At least pick a believable lie pic.twitter.com/lcJGG4FtpQ— David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) April 26, 2020
We all witnessed Trump's full-day Twitter meltdown yesterday and yet Kayleigh McEnany is on Fox News trying to convince you he's too busy to eat pic.twitter.com/KeayIXZVBF— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 27, 2020
This is fawning by Pyongyang standards pic.twitter.com/sRTReoTboy— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 27, 2020
P.S.What could possibly go wrong? https://t.co/qtkII1Isfd— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 27, 2020
$41 billion. That's how much Jeff Bezos has seen his wealth go up in the past 5 weeks. Meanwhile, his Amazon employees are putting their lives at risk in warehouses across the country. This is what a rigged economy is about, and why we need a political revolution. https://t.co/5jAkTMuYh8— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 27, 2020