President Donald Trump has admitted he thinks he is God, according to the mainstream media.
In an impromptu press conference on the White House lawn on Wednesday, the president was asked about his trade war with China.
“They said this is Trump’s trade war. This isn’t my trade war,” the president said. “This is a trade war that should’ve taken place a long time ago by a lot of other presidents. Over the last five or six years, China’s made $500 billion … $500 billion … ripped it out of the United States.
“And not only that … if you take a look, intellectual property theft. Add that to it. And add a lot of other things to it. So somebody … excuse me … somebody had to do it.”
Then, he turned his head to the left and looked skyward briefly in a way that clearly conveyed he was not serious, and said, “I am the chosen one. Somebody had to do it. So I’m taking on China. I’m taking on China on trade. And you know what? We’re winning.”
It came just hours after the president retweeted praise from Wayne Allyn Root, a conservative talk show host, who described Trump as the “King of Israel” and said Israeli Jews “love him like he is the second coming of God.”
CNN noted what it considered a disturbing trend in “Trump is either trolling everyone or thinks he’s like a God” by Zachary Wolf.
“There’s been a change in President Donald Trump,” Wolf wrote in the lead of his piece. “He used to say he had accomplished more than any other president, a debatable claim. But now he’s using messianic language about himself.”
This is a problem, Wolf wrote, because forcing out Trump under the 25th Amendment “requires a mutiny of his Cabinet” and he’s “surrounded by people who never publicly disagree with him.
“But just because he is president and there’s little or no chance he’d ever be removed does not mean there’s not cause for concern when he starts sounding like he has a God complex.”
Megan Cassella of far-left website Politico also seemed to take the remark unduly seriously. “President Donald Trump on Wednesday adopted a religious theme in describing his role in picking a trade fight with China, saying: ‘I am the chosen one,’” she wrote in the lead of “Trump’s new trade war rationale: ‘I am the chosen one.’”
She wrote that “The ‘chosen one’ claim marked a departure from his past trade war rhetoric and came as he mainly recycled several oft-repeated statements.”
“He was, ostensibly, joking,” Cillizza wrote. “The point he was trying to make is that past presidents should have dealt with the inequities in the United States’ relationship with China but didn’t, leaving him to handle it. But as always with Trump, his jokes are freighted with what he believes to be lots and lots of truth.”
Cillizza wrote that “Two serious strains of Trump thought are at work in the ‘chosen one’ moment.”
One is that Trump “does believe he’s special and unique,” which Cillizza attempts to prove with a quote from Trump’s best-seller “The Art of the Deal” in which Trump wrote “I like thinking big. I always have. … Most people think small, because most people are afraid of success, afraid of making decisions, afraid of winning. And that gives people like me a great advantage.”
The other is “his addiction to exaggeration and theatrics,” Cillizza wrote. He then quotes from again from Trump’s book: “The final key to the way I promote is bravado. People may not always think big themselves, but they can get very excited by those who do.”
This, Cillizza wrote, is why “Trump is forever bragging about his audiences as record-setting. About the awards he has won (that don’t exist). About the many golf club championships he has won. About, literally, everything.”