Furious toddler is furious

So did you watch it? I watched it except for the last few minutes. I laughed at his furious scowl, his “I shoulda got that,” his “You’re the puppet.” I gaped in astonishment when he wouldn’t say he would accept the outcome of the election. I cringed when he said “bad hombres.” I missed “Such a nasty woman.”

The Washington Post:

[T]he more damaging impression that average voters will be left with from Las Vegas is Trump’s total lack of self-discipline.

Truth. It was an astonishing thing to see. We could tell he was trying, at first, to discipline that rowdy self of his. He spoke more soberly and quietly for the first few minutes, and a little bit more coherently. But it was only for the first few minutes, and after that he simply threw it all out the window and let his id take over. His id is a revolting thing to see, and out of the question for someone with the duties and responsibilities of president of the US.

Most Americans want a president who can control his (or her) impulses. They may not volunteer “self-restraint” as a hallmark of good leadership, but people do not want someone with an irrepressible temper and unhealthy ego in control of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Trump once again failed that test at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, squandering his last big chance to change the trajectory of a race that has moved away from him.

Emphasis theirs.

It wouldn’t occur to us to include “self-restraint” in the list of desired talents because it seems such a baseline qualification. “Can talk” and “doesn’t defecate in public” are also taken for granted. (Mind you, Bush Junior’s striking lack of skill in the talking department should have been a disqualifier, in my view.) Nobody expects a giant toddler to try to be president of the US, and yet there he is.

Trump became more agitated as the night dragged on. The split screen was not his friend. You could see him grimacing, rolling his eyes and shaking his head as she talked.

That too, yes, but from the very beginning, even while he was comparatively disciplined while actually talking, he was making a ridiculous, childish face – eyes squinched nearly shut and mouth turned down like the sad/angry emoticon. He looked like a toddler, literally.

The culmination of all this came in the final moments when Clinton, talking about Social Security, took a dig at Trump for not paying federal income taxes. “Such a nasty woman,” he blurted out.

Yet earlier in the debate he had repeated his absurd claim that “No one respects women more than I do.” I think Milo Yiannopoulos probably respects women more than Trump does. The New York Times did a piece the other day that included a gem of a remark I hadn’t seen before:

Trump presents himself as ageless — a bit older than Clinton, but only in man years, which don’t really count. He told the TV doctor Mehmet Oz that he looks in the mirror and sees “a person who is 35 years old,” like a fairy-tale villain with a charmed looking glass. He gets his exercise, he said, by gesticulating at rallies. The bizarre doctor’s note he released concluded that he’d be the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” then added, “His physical strength and stamina are extraordinary.” His wives get younger with every marriage — the third, Melania, is 24 years his junior — and their youth, Trump says, only makes him more powerful. “You know,” he told Esquire in 1991, “it doesn’t really matter what they write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”

Such respect.

Back to the Post.

Trump’s self-absorption also haunted him during the debates. Clinton has spent the past few months trying to frame the election as a referendum on him. She’s succeeded, in part, because Trump’s favorite thing to talk about is, well, Trump.

And he takes everything personally. Trump started his answer on the Supreme Court vacancy, for example, by noting that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said nasty things about him and claiming that she was “forced to apologize.”

Indeed, and when he tried to defend his love for Putin he included “he says nice things about me.”

We apologize for this extended trainwreck. We join you in hoping it will be over soon.

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