Friday, December 6, 2019

What did Donald Trump do today?

He tried to shift blame for his personal grooming habits.

Trump went on a lengthy, unscripted digression today about how terrible he thinks energy-efficient products are. Most of the attention this mini-rant got had to do with his apparently sincere belief that it is normal to have to flush a modern toilet "10 times, 15 times." 

But the reason Trump launched in on the subject was to blame LED light bulbs for his orange skin tone. 

TRUMP: The lightbulb: They got rid of the lightbulb that people got used to.  The new bulb is many times more expensive.  And I hate to say it, it doesn’t make you look as good.  Of course, being a vain person, that’s very important to me. It’s like a — it gives you an orange look.  I don’t want an orange look. Has anyone noticed that? So we’ll have to change those bulbs in at least a couple of rooms where I am in the White House.

This isn't the first time he's tried to blame his orange complexion on newfangled light bulbs, but there's a reason it was on his mind today. On Wednesday, the Washington Post ran a story in which his former housekeepers—undocumented workers that Trump hired illegally—shared unflattering details of his home life. They included a mention of the cheap orange concealer that Trump, a self-taught TV personality, insisted on having handy at all times.

Trump doesn't like to talk about his daily beauty routine, although professional makeup artists have long since diagnosed him as an overuser of thick concealers like the ones his undocumented servants mentioned.

Why does this matter?

  • It's bad if Trump is still this upset two full days after his beauty "secret" was revealed.
  • One way for Trump to look less orange would be to use less orange concealer, or let a professional apply it for him.