Monday, September 11, 2017

What did Donald Trump do today?

He tweeted a White House-produced video commemorating 9/11 that featured himself in almost every frame.

The video consists entirely of footage from today's White House commemoration ceremony. Over the sound of a bugle playing "Taps," the 44-second video displays:
  • a waving US flag (0:00-0:05)
  • Donald Trump being saluted by Marines in dress uniforms (0:06-0:09)
  • Donald Trump and Melania Trump standing in front of the White House (0:10-0:14)
  • Donald Trump helping a Marine place a wreath of flowers (0:15-0:19)
  • an unidentified woman holding a bouquet of flowers (0:20-0:23)
  • Donald Trump speaking at a podium with the presidential seal (0:24-0:29)
  • the words "never forget" against a black background (0:30-0:36)
  • Donald Trump looking up at the US flag (0:37-0:42)
  • a logo of the White House (0:43-0:44)
The only other September 11th-related tweet Trump made today, from either his personal or @POTUS account, was an image of himself and Melania Trump, next to a quotation of himself. Neither referenced the victims, first responders, memorials, or any readily identifiable American not named Trump.

Why is this bad?

  • When someone can't help but make everything about themselves, no matter how inappropriate the situation, it is called narcissism, and it is a serious mental illness.