Donald Trump in a Nutshell

This pretty much sums up all you need to know about Donald Trump:

Since the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s aides and advisers have tried to convince him of the importance of tackling the national debt.

Sources close to the president say he has repeatedly shrugged it off, implying that he doesn’t have to worry about the money owed to America’s creditors—currently about $21 trillion—because he won’t be around to shoulder the blame when it becomes even more untenable.

The friction came to a head in early 2017 when senior officials offered Trump charts and graphics laying out the numbers and showing a “hockey stick” spike in the national debt in the not-too-distant future. In response, Trump noted that the data suggested the debt would reach a critical mass only after his possible second term in office.

“Yeah, but I won’t be here,” the president bluntly said, according to a source who was in the room when Trump made this comment during discussions on the debt.

That is the President of the United States basically saying that, “if it doesn’t affect me, it doesn’t matter.”

I used to say that, after Dick Cheney, I hoped that the one lesson the American people learned was to never put another sociopath in the White House. I’m going to have to update that one, because after Donald Trump, the other thing I hope the American people learn is to never put another delusional narcissist in the White House. Even taken together, those two things set the bar pretty low, but it’s important to nail down some basic criteria and then build from there.

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Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60.